Scrimshaw Tooth by William Perry

'Going On' "Barque Ohio"

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Whale's tooth decorated with scene of a whaleboat pulling a whale. Mother ship in distance. Entitled 'Going On' "Barque Ohio". Signed "Wm. Perry". Back side of tooth remains rough, unsanded.  The scrimshander, William Perry (1895-1966) of New Bedford, MA, was the son of a New Bedford-born whaleman named Frank Antone Perry and an Azorean woman named Emily.  He was a tattoo artist and also worked at the Glass factory in New Bedford.  He served as watchman on the Charles W. Morgan at Round Hill.