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|The late Thomas Mittler was a passionate scrimshaw collector. Several years ago he asked me to write a book about his collection. Sadly, he did not live to realize its fruition. Through the Eyes of a Collector is an attempt to spread one man's enthusiasm for the art of scrimshaw, and to illuminate the range and depth of his distinctive collection
The art of scrimshaw was spawned by the early whaling industry that provided the oil that lit the world before the discovery of petroleum. It became the unplanned and cherished legacy of that business. The folk practitioners who developed this art depicting their daily lives were the inspiration for Mittler. The book allows us to share his enthusiasm for their work and illuminates the range and depth of his distinctive collection while expanding our knowledge of an industry that played an important role in American history.
Through the Eyes of a Collector – The Scrimshaw Collection of Thomas Mittler. Published May, 2015. Hardbound, dj. 176 pages. Featured in the New York Times. Topics covered include teeth, pie crimpers, pan bones, busks, tools, ditty boxes, watch hutches, etc. etc. All of the pieces are fully described and illustrated.
Published as a memoral to Thomas Mittler, a major portion of the proceeds of sales of the book will benefit several nonprofit organizations chosen by the Mittler family.
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