This pin is made out of a piece of walrus ivory and features a food cache scene done in scrimshaw artwork and a natural Alaskan gold nugget. It is about 2″ across.
Scrimshaw was originally carved or engraved articles made by American whalers usually from baleen or whale teeth and bone. Native Alaskans have been using bone and ivory from walrus, mammoth and other animals for thousands of years as tools, utensils, weapons, and even armor. Today Alaskan artists use these same raw materials in their carvings and other scrimshaw artwork.