Scrimshaw Tusk, Figure of a Man

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Ivory tusk with figure of a man in a striped suit incised with black ink. Image of man created with thin incised outlining and clusters of "dots" or points for detail. Male figure is in 3/4 profile and wearing a top hat with detail of hair and mustache. He is wearing a wool/tweed style morning coat with a vertically striped vest and vertically striped pants. He has a high-collard shirt with a dark tie. Dark-colored cap-toe oxford shoes have a slight heel and a pointed toe. Incised text below figure reads: "BY/ J. MONTAGUE".