Scrimshaw Whalebone Corset Busk with Scenes

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Description

Whalebone corset busk decorated in red, green, sepia, blue and black ink. From top: eagle with US shield; woman under tree; mother and children beneath chandelier; robin on branch; 5-point star. Top corners bevelled; bottom edge rounded.

A busk like this is a very intimate piece of scrimshaw, often given to loved ones, and inserted into a corset as a stiffener.