A scrimshawed whale's tooth,  American,  dated 1854,
Lot 29Y
A scrimshawed whale's tooth, American, dated 1854,
£4,000 - 6,000
US$ 6,200 - 9,300

Lot Details
A scrimshawed whale's tooth,  American,  dated 1854,
A scrimshawed whale's tooth, American, dated 1854,
crudely carved and decorated on one face with a brig flying the American stars and stripes flag, the reverse with crude figure of a waistcoated man, lettered ANNE H. DEAN 1854 JIM CROW for New York 7in (17cm) long

Footnotes

  • Daddy Rice, a white man, was one of the first performers to wear blackface makeup and his character was named "Jim Crow" His Jim Crow song-and-dance routine was an astounding success that took him all across the Eastern United States. He also performed to great acclaim in London and Dublin.

    By 1838, the term "Jim Crow" was being used as a collective racial epithet for blacks. The popularity of minstrel shows clearly aided the spread of Jim Crow as a racial slur. This use of the term only lasted half a century. By the end of the 19th century, the words Jim Crow were less likely to be used to derisively describe blacks; instead, the phrase Jim Crow was being used to describe laws and customs which oppressed blacks.
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