19th Century Narwhal scrimshaw carved with a whaling expedition and titled 'Bark Wanderer. New Bedford', very fine period work and measures 38cm long. Icebergs, a harpooned whale, an upset boat, a whaling boat and the bark Wanderer all depicted. We haven't seen a piece like this, from a 5cm diameter Narwhal tusk with such precision work. It really is a stunner. It's provenance is that it was purchased from a private collection on the Orkney Islands where it has remained in family with whaling industry ties for generations.
The bark (square rigged) Wanderer was the last whaling ship to be built at Mattapoisett boatyard, New Bedford, USA in 1878 measuring approx 140' and able to carry 30 men. Whaling ships from this region sailed to the Arctic, Antarctic and some rounded the Americas to hunt in the Bering Sea. However ventures started showing low profit and the price for whalebone and oil became low as substitution ruined the market. The Wanderer was wrecked in 1924 near Cuttyhunk island in mountainous seas.
A very important piece of whaling history, the Wanderer was the last whaling ship to depart from New Bedford.