A Scrimshaw Whale's Tooth depicting the battle between the Shannon & Chesapeake attributed to Edward Burdett (American, 1805-1833) circa 1930
Lot 2134Y
A scrimshaw whale's tooth depicting the battle between the H.M.S. SHANNON & U.S.S. CHESAPEAKE circle of Edward Burdett (American, 1805-1833) circa 30
Sold for US$ 45,750 inc. premium

Lot Details
A Scrimshaw Whale's Tooth depicting the battle between the Shannon & Chesapeake attributed to Edward Burdett (American, 1805-1833) circa 1930 A Scrimshaw Whale's Tooth depicting the battle between the Shannon & Chesapeake attributed to Edward Burdett (American, 1805-1833) circa 1930 A Scrimshaw Whale's Tooth depicting the battle between the Shannon & Chesapeake attributed to Edward Burdett (American, 1805-1833) circa 1930
A scrimshaw whale's tooth depicting the battle between the H.M.S SHANNONM & U.S.S. CHESAPEAKE
circle of Edward Burdett (American, 1805-1833) circa 1830
decorated on the verso, with a dramatic and close battle between the two ships, with billowing smoke, cannon holes in the sails, a typically patterned sea; and on the recto with a frigate crashing through a wave in a large sea. Each side titled "Shannon & Chesapeak" and "A Gale", further decorated with a geometric diamond pattern around the base; and around the top with two bands, one a similar pattern to the base, and the other a foliate pattern.
6-1/2 in. (16.5 cm.) length.

Footnotes

  • During the Anglo-American War of 1812, the event which captured the public's imagination more than any other was the celebrated duel between the Royal Navy's frigate H.M.S. Shannon and the new republic's frigate Chesapeake. Cruising off the eastern seaboard, Captain Philip Broke of the Shannon spotted the American frigates Chesapeake and Constitution refitting in Boston. Broke immediately challenged Captain Lawrence of the Chesapeake to come out and fight and, at about noon on 1st June 1813, the latter weighed anchor and stood out of Boston Roads accompanied by a small flotilla of pleasure craft crowded with spectators anxious to witness the fight. A furious action followed lasting a mere fifteen minutes; Captain Broke was mortally wounded leading his boarding party and casualties on both vessels were very high. Soon overwhelmed, Chesapeake surrendered and Shannon took her as a prize into Halifax, Nova Scotia, where the captors were given a heroes' welcome.
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