• Hi, I'm the owner and main administrator of Styleforum. If you find the forum useful and fun, please help support it by buying through the posted links on the forum. Our main, very popular sales thread, where the latest and best sales are listed, are posted HERE

    Purchases made through some of our links earns a commission for the forum and allows us to do the work of maintaining and improving it. Finally, thanks for being a part of this community. We realize that there are many choices today on the internet, and we have all of you to thank for making Styleforum the foremost destination for discussions of menswear and fashion.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

Starting a scrimshaw collection


Professional Style Farmer
Mar 14, 2008
Reaction score
I've really wanted to start collecting scrimshaw for the past couple years, and I think I'm going to finally take the plunge. Does anyone have some good/tips/tricks/want to share some pictures of their stash?

Darrel Morris

Jan 5, 2012
Reaction score
As a scrimshander, I would say to collect what you love. Don't feel like you need to buy everything you see. Many new collectors grab whatever they can find, assuming that a great collection means having a lot of whatever it is they are collecting. In my opinion, the most impressive collections are focused. Buy what you really like and buy the best that you can afford. That way you will build a collection that gives you years of enjoyment and that you can be proud of. As far as purchasing scrimshaw goes, keep an eye on all of your options. From the handful of scrimshaw galleries to working with individual scrimshanders there are advantages and disadvantages. You will absolutely need to educate yourself about the different materials used for scrimshaw so that you can buy with confidence. This all assumes that you want to collect contemporary scrimshaw rather than antique. Antique scrimshaw has it's own set of issues. There are a lot of fakes on the market so it especially important to educate yourself in this case. I have been a scrimshander for over twenty years so if you have any questions I would be happy to answer them for you. Also...try and find a copy of Bob Engnath's books The Scrimshaw Connection and The Second Scrimshaw Connection. I have never actually seen a copy of the first one but the second has a lot of helpful information.



Styleforum is proudly sponsored by

Featured Sponsor

Favorite knitwear under jackets/sport coats

  • Crewneck sweater

  • Turtleneck sweater

  • Long-sleeve polo

  • Vest

  • I don't like knitwear worn with jackets/sport coats

Results are only viewable after voting.

Related Threads

Forum statistics

Latest member