Whaling Museum to Hold 2013 Scrimshaw Weekend

Scrimshaw teeth from the New Bedford Whaling Museum Collection. Photo/New Bedford Whaling Museum.

The New Bedford Whaling Museum holds its 24th annual Scrimshaw Weekend on May 17, 18, and 19, 2013, and the public is invited to attend. This year’s special events include a classic swap meet and Nautical Antiques Show on Friday afternoon, and an optional “behind the scenes” field trip to Mystic Seaport on the Sunday.

Between times, sessions held all day on Saturday will feature illustrated presentations on the origins and history of scrimshaw, the identification and connoisseurship of masterworks, tips on collecting, and research on prices and market trends, all provided by experts gathered from across the nation — followed by a cash bar reception, gala banquet, and evening program.

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the scrimshaw capital of the world, and the annual Scrimshaw Weekend is the world’s only forum devoted to the indigenous shipboard occupational art of whalers in the Age of Sail. Founded in 1989, the gala event attracts collectors, curators, folk art enthusiasts, amateur historians, antiques dealers, and others from coast to coast, who gather to share their enjoyment of this distinctive and beautiful art form.

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