Scrimshaw – real or fake?, Colin Thomas

Vol 45 no 2, May 2023
Article from Vol 45 no 2, May 2023

Scrimshaw – real or fake?, Colin Thomas


Scrimshaw, the ancient art of the mariner is a most important part of our heritage which is very collectable. At times, scrimshaw achieves very high prices at auction in Australia and internationally. This article relates solely to Australian scrimshaw which is different in many ways to American or in some instances British scrimshaw.

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