1831 "Timoleon" Scrimshaw Tooth

Value (2011) | $25,000 Retail$30,000 Retail

I acquired it from my dad when he passed away probably about 15 years ago, and he acquired it from a guy.

Did he buy it from him?

You know, I don't think he bought it. They worked together and I think he gave it to him.

Gave it to him as a gift.


This is the log of the voyage that started on Christmas day in 1831 of the whaling ship Timoleon, and it lists where they anchored, when it sailed and the dates, and it was a long sail because it started in '31 out of New Bedford and ended in 1835. Logging teeth are rather rare, but another rare thing about this particular tooth is its height; it's a huge tooth, it's an eight-inch tooth, which is very, very desirable for collectors. On the reverse side, they have the picture of the ship, the whaling ship Timoleon, and it also says the name of the ship here and the master, which is J. Bunker. It doesn't list the whales that they caught, but it lists all the locations that they went to. And it was quite a busy ship, as you can tell from the log. I think conservatively, at retail, it'd probably sell somewhere between $25,000 and $30,000.

Oh my, really? That's unreal.

So your father gave you a nice thing.

Yeah, I know it. It's going to move a little bit closer on the fireplace.

Appraisal Details

Longmont, CO
Appraised value (2011)
$25,000 Retail$30,000 Retail
Minneapolis, MN (July 09, 2011)
Folk Art
November 04, 2013: After this segment aired, a viewer got in touch to tell us about an interesting online database, the National Maritime Digital Library, where information about the voyages of the Timoleon can be found. Check it out at: http://www.nmdl.org/aowv/whvoyage.cfm?VesselNumber=649

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