This gorgeous swift, made of whalebone in the 19th century, was appraised by Antiques Roadshow at $15,000-$20,000. Watch the video on the webpage to hear more about it (or read the transcript on the same page) - it’s interesting! Apparently whalers on ships frequently passed the time by carving things out of whalebone and then selling them once back on shore. Your vocabulary word today is scrimshaw:
scrim·shaw/ˈskrɪmˌʃɔ/ Show Spelled[skrim-shaw] Show IPA
1.a carved or engraved article, esp. of whale ivory, whalebone, walrus tusks, or the like, made by whalers as a leisure occupation.
2.such articles or work collectively.
3.the art or technique of carving or engraving whale ivory, whalebone, walrus tusks, etc.