SET OF NESTED TRAYS
Marine ivory marquetry in padauk wood, largest 16 1/2" X 10 1/2".
NE NA, circa 1850.
Unusual set of 5 trays fitting one inside the other exhibiting bold maritime star and banded designs.
These works were de riguer amongst the mariners of the 18th and 19th centuries often done on board during their arduous lengthy sea journeys. My take is that the materials were obtained during the voyage but made as a memory piece once back home. Surprisingly, this is the only example I know of.
In untouched and near perfect condition. One nail/tack seen as possibly securing one corner of the 2nd to smallest tray.
See: Frank, S. M., "Ingenious Contrivances Curiously Carved", for other examples of the whalers' arts.