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.