Rare piece of nautical art, a scrimshaw hollow container with lid in the form of a phallus. Intended as a token of affection to a loved one left behind and a reminder of the absent traveler's love while they are at sea for extended periods of time.

The semi-naturalistic form featuring decoration on side of the hollowed ivory shaft, an 'en grisaille' scene of two women, faces solemn, demonstrating proper use of the object. The entire vignette above a flowing banner emblazoned with the words "Remember Me" - as if the Latin motto accompanying some strange heraldic crest.

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