Sunday, January 04, 2009

tuxedo shirt studs

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american whalers began hunting whales out of the new world as early as the 1700's. to pass their idle hours, they began making articles, both practical and frivolous, out of the bones and teeth of the whales they caught. cribbage, dominoes, corset stays, hatboxes, canes, jewelry, anything imaginative, you just name it. with their sailors' needles or knives, they carved simple or sometimes elaborate pictures in the whales teeth, rubbing lamp black from the top of their oil lanterns into the carved lines to highlight the pictures. this is the folk art of scrimshaw. these are solid brass, gold plated TUXEDO SHIRT STUDS. the nautical scenes drawing by brian kiracofe.

8 comments :

ricola said...

beautiful

Ca said...

Send me one? Haha... love the nautical theme.

Vain and Vapid said...

Beautifully done...

Matt Fox said...

Very smart looking.

Style Salvage Steve said...

It has been said before but these are undeniably beautiful. Thanks for posting.

The Invisible Agent said...

Where did you find these? They are incredible!

Brian Kiracofe said...

Hi, I am the artist that made the tuxedo studs, thanks for the compliments. You can order a set from my web site www.scrimshanders.com click on Newport.

Brian

Maria said...

I want to have Tuxedo Shirt studs like that.where can I get that?