Scrimshaw cufflinks

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  1. life_interrupts

    life_interrupts Senior member

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    I received a pair of schrimshaw cufflinks, carved into Japanese figurines. They have sterling silver hardware. Very unusual, as far as I know and I'd like to find out more about this style -- was it popular, where can I find more. Anyone else familiar with them?
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    Any chance of better photos? They look much like the Japanese netsuke and other small bone/whalebone/ivory carved figurines (okimono) and other objects. That they have sterling fittings is a decidedly good sign. Any hallmarks on the silver? Two words of caution: In practice, the only certain way to distingish between real bone/ivory and the very good plastic resin imitations, is to scrape a shavings from the object, somewhere it doesn't show, and set fire to it. If it smells like burnt plastic, you'll know it's a fake, if it smells more akin to burnt hair/dentist's office, it's at least bone.
    [​IMG] Also, if this is very traditionally made, they normally used a fish-based glue to hold things together. This glue will disintegrate. Nantucket Red, Skalogre and several others on the forum are very knowledgeable about Japanese cultural history - they might be able to contribute.
     
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    Thanks for your response. I'm at work now, but will check the hallmark and take better photos later when I'm home.
     
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    Willsw Senior member

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    I like those, though I was expecting more of this:
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    I would enjoy having both styles.
     
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    I like those, though I was expecting more of this:
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    I would enjoy having both styles.


    I picked up a pair in Maui like this a few weeks ago
     
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    Lucky Strike Senior member

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    I picked up a pair in Maui like this a few weeks ago
    A bit like these? [​IMG] Scrimshaw is most often thought of as the result of a process of scraping or engraving decoration on to a piece of bone, and then coloured in with lamp soot or the like. A couple of other Japanese ones: [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    A bit like these?



    Scrimshaw is most often thought of as the result of a process of scraping or engraving decoration on to a piece of bone, and then coloured in with lamp soot or the like.

    A couple of other Japanese ones:


    Those are freakin beautiful
     
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    Gentlemen:

    Upon closer inspection, using the ample suggestion provided above, I'm pretty sure these are plastic replicas that someone gave silver mechanicals -- one is even put on wrong, perpendicular to its counterpart. Thank you for the beautiful examples and the helpful discussion.
     
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    very nice
     

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