Child's Toy Deckhouse Made of Whalebone

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Child's toy in the shape of a ship's deckhouse, rectangular and constructed of whalebone. House has curved roof and is pierced with eight windows and four doorways. An interior partition divides house into two cabins. Floor, partition walls, roof, and one exterior side of the house are decorated in a diamond pattern inked in red, green, & blue or black colors. Five stars decorate the back side of the house. Both ends are marked "Good Luck" in ink and include star decoration. One end also has a band of diagonal striping inked in blue & red. Piece is fastened with copper pins, some broken. Minor distortion of sides due to warping of bone.