Thursday, September 1, 2011

Whale Tooth Thief.

I've always wanted one of these but they are impossible to come by. Narwhal tooth. Ivory. Great thing, usually broken on the tip. Be wonderful to see a full skull and tooth. There may be replicas made.

Once I was in Galisteo, New Mexico with friends and we visited at a house that had a large toothed bird skull on the wall. It was just astounding, nearly three feet long and toothy as heck. It was years before I figured out that it was a dolphin skull. Illegal to have, like lots of things. Eagle, hawk and owl feathers are illegal to possess.

Update: None on Ebay.


Bob said...

I think the late Patrick O'Brien, the author of the Aubrey/Maturin sea stories, owned a narwhal tooth; I seem to recall him showing it off in a documentary about him and his works.

Anonymous said...

Years ago while working in the Canadian Northwest Territories I had a chance to buy one of those(legally) for ~$100/foot. It was about six feet long, covered with carvings, and supposedly was an Inuit tribal shaman's staff. Still kicking myself for not buying it.