American Scrimshaw Sewing Box - Lot #: 212

circa 1820-40 "D" form with hinged lid and three lower drawers, scrimshaw vignette scenes on front of "St. Paul's Church"; "St. Peters Church" and American Lighthouse with side-wheel steamship and three mast  whaler flying an American flag, plus weather vane with whale wind directional,. The decoration is engraved in typical scrimshaw fashion and tiny brass nails are added as accent, stylized floral and geometric borders, four  turned whale bone legs, faceted whale bone drawer knobs. Top with turned maple thread spool holder and pin cushion, 10.25" wide x 5" deep x 10" high. We believe that this piece was purchased at one of the auctions of the Barbara Johnson Whaling/Scrimshaw collection. Barbara Johnson, née Piasecka (1937-2013) was a philanthropist, art collector, and heiress to the Johnson & Johnson fortune through her late husband John Seward Johnson I (1895-1983). Barbara Johnson studied art history at Wroclaw University in her native Poland. She is best know in the antique world for her amazing collection of art, antiques, and memorabilia related to whaling. Johnson’s whaling collection included books, manuscripts, documents, paintings, prints, whaling tools, nautical and navigational equipment, marine antiques, & scrimshaw.
Condition: Very Minor insect damage to baleen, on rear of box.
Estimate: $800 - $1200