The India Point Talisman:
This item was discovered in a secret drawer of a whaler's footlocker after an auction in Providence RI, 1977. The lot had been called The India Point Chest and had been a fine example of 19th century Yankee craftsmanship. On the underside of its lid had been written, in the same hand, many ports of call from Singapore to the Caribbean, with all points in between. The scrimshaw tooth, believed to be from an adolescent sperm whale, was found wrapped in a linen handkerchief. On the linen had been written, "Suffer the bad dreams, Hamish. With tooth in pocket, the Leviathans can't spot you. - J "
Monday, May 27, 2013
The Indian Point Talisman
Gage Prentiss returns with this curious historical artifact.