26th Annual Scrimshaw Weekend
Friday, May 16th – Sunday, May 18th, 2014
REGISTER online, or use contact information below.
Since it was first launched in 1989, the annual Scrimshaw Weekend is the world’s only regular forum where collectors, dealers, curators, folk art enthusiasts, whaling history buffs, and casual bystanders nationwide can gather to share their interests in, and insights into, the whalers’ indigenous occupational art of scrimshaw.
Support for this program is provided by Northeast Auctions of Portsmouth, N.H., and The Maine Antique Digest.
2014 Schedule and Registration
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Nautical Antiques Show and Swap Meet
Open to the public and free to Members.
Browse hundreds of antiques from some of New England’s most respected dealers.
Keynote presentation (TBA)
Saturday Plenary Sessions
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- The Britannia Engraver and Edward Burdett: Definitive Characteristics and Points of Identification
- Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: The Facts in the Case of Edward Burdett
- Scrimshaw Highlights of the East India Marine Society / Peabody Essex Museum
- “My Life in Scrimshaw” by Gary Tonkin
- The Outstanding Collection of Thomas Mittler
- Curator’s Corner: Collecting Around a Theme
- Update and Discussion: Proposed New Congressional Legislation Banning the Sale of Ivory
- Scrimshaw Market Report 2013-2014
Film “Scrimshaw Goes Hollywood” and more
How-to-Do Scrimshaw with renowned artists Gary Tonkin (Australia) and Ryan Cooper (Cape Cod)
Members: $295 ($330 after May 1)
Non-Members: $335 ($370 after May 1)
Mail: Send payment to address below.
New Bedford Whaling Museum
18 Johnny Cake Hill
New Bedford, MA 02740
Checks should be made payable to New Bedford Whaling Museum and include Scrimshaw Weekend in the check memo.
Phone: Call (508) 997-0046 ext. 100
Defined as the making of utilitarian and decorative objects from the hard byproducts of whaling — sperm whale ivory, walrus ivory, baleen, and skeletal bone — scrimshandering had its heyday on American and foreign whaleships in the Age of Sail, and scrimshaw-making carried over to the modern shore-whaling stations and factory-ships of the 20th century.
The New Bedford Whaling Museum holds the world’s largest and most comprehensive scrimshaw collection, and has uniquely been hard at work examining and cataloguing scrimshaw from its own collection and from all over the world, disseminating the results. The Scrimshaw Weekend is characterized by a wide spectrum of world-class scrimshaw, fine food, new ideas, and high camaraderie. Calculated to come at the tail end of the popular, all-week Brimfield antiques show in May, the Weekend attracts seasoned collectors and distinguished experts as well as antiques dealers, neophyte collectors, whaling history devotees, and interested bystanders from all over the country, coast to coast.
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