Woolies – Woolwork Picture of Ship

Woolies

A woolwork picture of a ship – usually a sailing ship – is affectionately called a woolie. If it depicts anything else – a house, dog, flower – it is a woolwork picture. Woolies were the creation of British sailors who got caught up in the embroidery fad that infatuated their wives and daughters in the mid-to late-Victorian era.

The woolwork fad (also called Berlin work for the city where it began) [...] Click here to continue reading.


Gilpin, William A. – Scrimshaw Artist

William A. Gilpin

William Gilpin and the Jack Tar tooth were discussed in the December 2008 issue of the Maine Antique Digest by Stuart Frank, senior curator at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. He called the Ceres tooth with the figure of Jack Tar not only one of the best and most important works of scrimshaw to have emerged in a decade, but also a key to the identity of an entire highly regarded [...] Click here to continue reading.


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