Posted 10 years ago
This is a neat old large tooth i found last weekend at a local estate sale. This was the first item i noticed sitting in the showcase and everyone thought it was a piece of wood so i turned it over and saw it was not wood but ivory and measures over 5"inches long and would have been probably 8"-9"inches long before it was cut off. The tooth also has what appears to be rope marks or burns from the battle. One of the relatives of the lady who owned it said they took it to the university of washington and was told it was an old whale tooth. The bottom was marked in pencil Capt. Wood. The estate belonged to Rosemary Wood and i purchased a camera at this same estate with an insurance paper with a slip that must have been her dads who was Carl Wood. I did a quick google search and the only Captain Wood i found was The one from Nantucket who lived from 1813-1884 and had an amazing encounter with a large sperm whale that almost killed him and killed the boat steerer. There was a book written about it. It basically said he kept one of the teeth from this whale as a souvenir of the battle that almost killed him. I am assuming that this could be the tooth from the whale he speaks about in his journal and the odds that it is marked Capt. Wood on the bottom and the fact that the estate it came from the ladies name was Rosemary Wood and Her dad? Was Carl Wood. I should probably figure out how to do some family research online to see if i can make the connection to Albert Wood as that would probably make this tooth even more valuable. If anyone has any clue how to research family records to try to connect these people please let me know.