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Antique Whaling Harpoon

$1,300.00

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Antique Whaling Harpoon

*Please note one Harpoon has already sold*

As seen on “Pawn Stars” authentic Whaling Harpoons, date stamped 1853. These pieces of nautical history are 8′ long, and marked “WM Radgar, Sparrow 1853,” they are in good condition but un-restored. For a pair of spears this is a great price and these will make a dramatic addition to any Maritime themed collection or design. These harpoons, though menacing looking, were not used to actually kill whales. Instead they were used to attach a line from the whale to the whale boat, at which point the whalers would be taken for one hell of a ride as the whale ran from it’s pursuers bringing them along in tow. Providing the whale didn’t dive deep enough, or manage to detach the harpoon the whalers would then approach the tired beast to finish the job with spears. Though a brutal industry, whaling was incredibly vital to many economies, especially on the US eastern seaboard.

Norwegians were among the first to hunt whales, as early as 4,000 years ago, however, the Japanese may have been doing so even earlier. Nearly every part of the whale was used, meat, skin, blubber, and organs were eaten as an important source of protein, fats, vitamins, and minerals. Whale oil and baleen (sometimes called whalebone, although it’s not bone at all) were also very valuable commodities at the time. Baleen is made of keratin, the same substance found in human nails and it was used in a variety of nineteenth-century products: Buggy whips, Carriage springs, Fishing poles, Hoops for women’s skirts, Umbrella ribs, and other applications for which plastic or steel would now be used. During the Middle Ages and Renaissance, whaling gained popularity throughout Northern Europe. Whale oil comes from the blubber of right and bowhead whales, and the head cavity of sperm whales. It was used primarily for oil lamps one of the predominant light sources at the time. Over time, European whaling ventures spread to North America and American colonists relied on whale oil to light most of their lamps. Due to over fishing, by the mid-1700s, it became increasingly difficult to find whales near the Atlantic coast. So the American whaling fleet expanded its operations throughout the world’s oceans, including the whale-rich waters of the Arctic and Antarctic. Whaling in the United States hit its peak in the mid-1800s as new technologies, including gun-loaded harpoons and steamships, made whalers around the world more efficient. The American whaling fleet, based on the East Coast, operated hundreds of ships in the South Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. Whaling was a multi-million dollar industry, and some scientists estimate that more whales were hunted in the early 1900s than in the previous four centuries combined! Eventually, kerosene, petroleum, and other fossil fuels became much more popular and reliable than whale oil, and the industry plummeted. By the early 1970s, the United States had listed eight whales as endangered species and whaling was officially outlawed by the US in 1971.

*Please note one Harpoon has already sold*

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