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    Chest
    Gifts from Heads of Stateca. 1961

    Rectangular shaped chest with relief depictions of medals originally minted by the Paris Mint on the 4 sides and lid. The medallions of George Washington in profile and Riders overlooking Boston are from a medallion commissioned by the American Congress in 1787 commemorating the liberation of Boston from the British occupation. The Latin legend is...

  • Digitized Museum Artifact
    Scrimshaw of a Ship and a Woman
    John F. Kennedy Museum Collection

    Engraved whale tooth depicting the starboard side of a frigate, a three-masted ship, under full sail with guns run out ready for action on the front. The reverse is etched with a woman dressed in 19th century clothing holding an 1818 American flag and standing on a fouled anchor. She is possibly a personification of Commerce or Prosperity. In the b...

  • Digitized Museum Artifact
    Decature-Adams Tusk
    John F. Kennedy Museum Collection

    Walrus tusk scrimshaw, the largest piece in President Kennedy's collection, shows only preliminary outlining and remains unfinished. The front, from top to bottom, is etched with Neptune riding a hippocanth with two attendant mermen, a portrait of Commodore Stephen Decatur USN based on a John Wesley Jarvis painting, a portrait of John Adams based o...

  • Digitized Museum Artifact
    Independence Hall Scrimshaw
    John F. Kennedy Museum Collection

    Whale's tooth depicting Independence Hall in Philadelphia, with a heraldic eagle ridden by a personification of America above, and a portrait of a man at left, on front. The depiction of the Independence Hall includes the restored steeple, completed 1828, probably copied from a published engraving of that time. There are portraits of two women surr...

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