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Scrimshaw Blonde Turtle Shell Carapace, 19th century Taxidermy



A 'SCRIMSHAW' GIANT AMAZON RIVER OR ARRAU TURTLE SHELL (PDOCNEMIS EXPANSA) 19th century Of blonde colour with dark areas to the sides, with a nice smooth surface and attractive patina, mounted for wall-hanging. L. circa 80 cm Note: CITES import/export licenses have to be obtained by us, although an age certificate is present. This takes some time. This is the shell of an Arrau Turtle or Giant Amazon River Turtle. These creatures are not white as you would expect from the colour of this specimen. Western sailors would stock up living turtles in their ships upon return and tried to keep them alive for as long as possible. Quite smart, because the turtle would be fresh, and could feed over a hundred men. In their spare time, the sailors would start polishing a shell, layer after layer, until it was white, and would sell it in the harbor upon arrival.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 25.2 in. (64 cm)Width: 19.3 in. (49 cm)Depth: 3.94 in. (10 cm)
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  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Amsterdam, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU5458221003172

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    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: Amsterdam, Netherlands
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