Scrimshaw -- small carved or engraved articles, often associated with whalebone or whale ivory objects produced by American seamen -- was a pastime also practiced by Civil War soldiers, Union and Confederate, to while away time around the campfire. Item #41623
Offered here is a collection of eight (8) small wooden scrimshaw items carved in 1864 by SAMUEL WALCOTT of the Seventh Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. Each item is 4½" in length, carved of a medium brown-red wood, and in near fine condition. Simply carved, without decorative details, these pieces consist of: 1) a three-pronged fork, 2) a paddle with handle, 3) an oar, 4) an arrow, 5) a rifle, 6) a long-handled hatchet, 7) and 8) two spears or lances. The fork and paddle perhaps represent Army mess tent cooking utensils used to produce the mass-quantity meals on which an army marches. A small but attractive and well-preserved collection. The 7th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry was mustered in on 17 September 1861 and mustered out on 20 July 1865. Their exploits have been written about in such volumes as Stephen Walkley's "History of the Seventh Connecticut volunteer infantry" (1905), Jerome Tourtellotte's "A history of Company K of the Seventh Connecticut volunteer infantry in the Civil war" (1910) and Milton M. Woodford's "Letters from the front" (1948-49).