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Scrimshaw whale tooth by William Perry
The ship Kutusoff of New York had a gross tonnage of 364 tons. Her master for most of her career was Gustavius Cornelious Sorensen.
The scrimshander William Perry was born in Oakland, California in 1894. He was inspired by his father, Frank Antone Perry, a New Bedford-born whaleman but his mother forbade him follow in his father’s footsteps due to the dangers of whaling. Instead, after a series of odd jobs, including a glass-cutting job in New Bedford, and a watchman position on the whaleship Charles W. Morgan, Perry combined his love of whaling and art by carving scrimshaw during his free time. Perry became an important transitional scrimshander, and engraved whaling scenes on over 1,000 pieces of sperm whale teeth and panbone to create exquisitely detailed scenes. His work is included in the collections of the Nantucket Whaling Museum (which has the largest collection of Perry’s work), the Mystic Seaport Museum and the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
(sold a auction for $12,500)