Where does scrimshaw come from?

Asked by Grant Miller on November 16, 2021

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Some surnames are derived from the occupation of the person who first held the name. Scrimshaw is most likely such a name, referring to one who was a fencing-master, coming from the old French "eskermisseour", meaning "fencer" and which came in turn from the old high German word "skirmen", which meant "to defend".

Are sperm whale teeth ivory? The tooth consists almost entirely of dentine and is considered a form of ivory. The Inuit peoples inhabiting the Arctic regions of Greenland, Canada and Alaska were the first to develop the art of scrimshaw, which is the carving of scenes on the surface of sperm whale teeth with sharp needles or the point of aknife.

Is it illegal to own a whale tooth? Sperm whales are protected by the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. “It's illegal to possess any part of any marine mammal without getting a permit from us,” Cordaro said. “It's illegal for someone to go and yank the tooth out of adead marine mammal,” Behtash said.

What is whale bone called? Whale baleen is the mostly mineralized keratin-based bio-material consisting of parallel plates suspended down the mouth of thewhale.