By 1800, New England was the center of the world's whaling industry. Sailors spent long months at sea, and one of the ways they passed the time was creating scrimshawetched bones or tusks that were blackened with soot or tobacco to highlight the design. This contemporary scrimshaw box is made of water buffalo bone and reproduces a design that a sailor may have made for his sweetheart at home.
I order this whale scrimshawed box for my father for a Christmas gift. He is a big fan of nautical scrimshaw items so when I saw this in the Nat. Geo. catalog I ordered it without hesitation. I recieved the box in the mail a week later. I unwrapped the box so I could rewrap it for Christmas and add a special note inside. Imagine my dissapointment when I discovered the box was blank white with no scrimshaw engraving of any kind. I immediatly contacted costomer service. They confirmed I had ordered the scrimshaw box. They offered to send me another box stating it must have been a production error. Sadly, having to have a replacement box sent from their warehouse means my Dad will not get to open his Christmas present from his daughter with the rest of his family. I expected better service from a company I've help support for many years.
Was this a gift?:
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
I collect boxes, and use them to stash my costume jewelry. This is a lovely and well-made addition to my collection. There are those who complain that this box is 'too small' - even though the dimensions are given in the product description. Rather, I'd say that the price is too large for the box. It would also be nice if this box came in several size versions. Other than that I am very satisfied.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend