Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Art at Sea by David Crisalli

In the early 1970s, as a Midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy, I purchased a number of whale's teeth (it was legal then) from a ship chandlery in New York.  At the time, J.P. McNalley's, located at 234 Water St., in lower Manhattan, had barrels full of sperm whale teeth for a dollar or two each.  Some of the teeth were very old and had been around since the 19th century.  Over the next several years, as a Midshipman and then as a naval officer on destroyers and cruisers in the Pacific Fleet, I engraved many of the teeth as gifts for family and friends.  This is one I did for my sister in 1985.  She just recently asked me to make a base for it.  The base is turned ebony with an ivory inset.

Copy and photos supplied by David Crisalli.

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