Robert Spring, a contemporary and well known scrimshander was born in 1938 in Wisconsin and died last year (2016) in Maine. He was an artist, sculptor, as well as a scrimshander and won many awards for his art. He began producing scrimshaw in the late 1960s and continued until just a few years ago. This fine example of his work features a beam view of a full brig, with whale boat in the starboard stern davits, with all sails set on a serene sea. The subdued palette includes maroon rigging and sea birds, black hull and dark blue sea. It is a simple scene that takes advantage of the shape of the 5 ¾” tooth to present it as the shape of a sperm whale. It is signed, “R. Spring. 77”, making it a fairly early example of his scrimshaw. It is an excellent example by a noted and collectible scrimshaw artist.