The inspiration behind this piece comes from the whaling era where sailors would create these trinkets to sell upon their return to shore after the voyage. The sea horse is carved black buffalo horn. The turned, shaped wheel has a wavy pattern used to create a decorative edge on pie or dumpling crusts and is made from antler rosette. The carved "unicorn" horn is turned from antler tine and then a spiral is carved along the length. The eyes (smallest I have ever turned) are made of bone and then a decorative "x" was cut on edge to add a nice detail to the eye.
Copy and photos supplied by Carl Dumke.