Posted 5 years ago
Picked this up off of a 90 ft Fife in the roadsted of St. Eustatius in the 80's. (Batteries were not included) Beautiful scrimshaw work & passed all the tests. Even took it to a State archives where there was somebody who was familiar with them & he declared after a week that the ivory was authentic but the engraving was more modern. Still searching for verification, I checked with other experts who replied that the design was known as an expert fake. Even U.S. Customs had tried to seize it twice but I talked them out of it claiming that it was dated 1779 and therefore an antique.
It was dropped some 5 yrs ago & a corner broken. Underneath did not pass the hot needle test. So well made that it was in layered with a heat-proof outer layer. Guess the only way to verify today's pieces is to drill a tiny hole. "Buyer beware".