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House of the Seven Gables Scrimshaw Whale Cribbage Board

House of the Seven Gables Scrimshaw Whale Cribbage Board


This scrimshaw whale cribbage board is symbolic of Salem’s nautical history. It serves as a portable set for gameplay on the go, and as a statement piece to remind you of your time in Salem.

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Between the late 18th century and early 19th century, sailors aboard whaling ships began engraving decorative scenes into discarded whale bones and teeth. This practice, also known as scrimshaw, grew in popularity alongside the rise of the whaling industry in New England. Scrimshaw provided sailors an outlet for their boredom over the course of sometimes years-long voyages. Designs often varied between images of whales, ships, or loved-ones back home, but the technique remained the same. It required carving the desired outline along the surface and filling in the space with oil lamp soot to make the lines pop against the light background.

This is a resin, scrimshaw inspired, two-person cribbage board with a round center compartment to hold the four metal game pegs. It is shaped like a sperm whale and is decorated with an image of the House of the Seven Gables surrounded by classic nautical patterns.

Additional information

Weight1 lbs
Dimensions9.5 × 4 × 1 in

Date: April 30, 2023

Author: Adeline Clemons

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