Walrus Tusk Cribbage Board
What can you tell me about this walrus tusk cribbage board? It is scrimshaw about 2 feet long. one part has a “cribbage” game with associated holes. walrus on same side, other side has seal, elk, and two men in a whaling boat(one holding a spear). I inherited it from my great, great uncle who died in 1990
AW says: A walrus tusk cribbage board like this has been a type of Native American Eskimo folk art for quite a while now. But they really hit their peak in the turn of the 20th century. From the yellowing of the tusk and the patina I’d say it’s likely from that period if it is authentic. You’d need to check that out first.
The best way to check for authenticity, would be to do a simple heated pin test.
If the item is not authentic, it’s worth less than $100
If authentic, your carved walrus tusk cribbage board gets points on size. A two foot tusk is certainly in the rarer large size. It would also seem to indicate that it came from an older animal and thus it’s more likely that came about it’s demise in a natural way. Or at least with respect for the species. All of these factors have weight with collectors.
As for the the art work, it’s simple, crude and typical of the genre. But not exceptional.
Retail value: $1,100