Most likely Union sailor made best guess. Black lacquer interior seems to indicate that box was used as tea caddy. Civil War Scrim Shaw Box Measures 7" X 5.25" X 3.5 Made from Artifact whale bone From Vicksburg Mississippi or at least traveled through at some point. Amazing detail from the eagle to the guns from the flag to the boats with waves and men rowing and whaling.
Came from a huge Civil War collection Hand made over 150 years ago. The item "Antique Civil War Era Scrim Shaw Bone Folk Art Box Vicksburg Mississippi History" is in sale since Monday, May 20, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Other Civil War Original Items".trouv" and is located in Cranston, Rhode Island. This item can be shipped to United States.