John F. Kennedy Museum Collection
Desk accessory with 3 pieces of scrimshaw affixed to a wooden base. First, the whale tooth scrimshaw is engraved with a scene of a sperm whale upending a long boat and five sailors overboard, inscribed "A dead whale or a stove boat." Second, a section of whale tooth scrimshaw is engraved with the meeting of the Amagiri and the PT 109 before collision. Third, the section of tagua nut is inscribed with JFK's coconut message, "Eleven Alive. Native knows posit. And reefs. Nauru Island Kennedy." The wooden base has a groove at front to hold pens.