A Rhode Island Scrimshaw Mystery


C—Spotlight—BHPSScrimshawThe Bristol Historical and Preservation Society’s monthly meeting will feature antique dealer and photographer Richard Donnelly speaking about scrimshaw and its ties to Bristol. What started as a mystery with a broken cardboard box full of pieces of  a scrimshaw swift and an inlaid mahogany box on display on the Society’s second floor has ended with a marvelous reconstruction of the swift and connections to a Bristolian, Captain Spencer Pratt. Pratt, the carver and maker of the boxes was an artisan and officer of the ship “Mechanic”. This presentation, will introduce us to the basics of scrimshaw and the story of Spencer Pratt and the Bristol connections, as well as showing the process of putting the swift back together without any pictures to guide the process.
WHERE: Herreshoff Community Room, Rogers Free Library, 525 Hope Street, Bristol
WHEN: Monday, June 24, 2013 at 7 p.m.
COST: Free
MORE INFO: 401/253-7223 or www.bhpsri.org