The Whale on Top of the Bottom of the World

Cast aluminium lid/paperweight, presumably of Norwegian origin, possibly dating from the 1930s.

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Very good condition throughout.

The blue whale riding the hemisphere with a jolly grin and lively tail, swims upon an incised depiction of the South Pole, including a p-p-pair of p-p-penguins, shipping and the place names Antarktis, Syd Georgia and Bouveyuta. The latter being Bouvet Island, uninhabited and volcanic, discovered in 1739 by Jean-Baptiste Charles Bouvet de Lozier. After a territorial tussle with Britain, it was officially declared a Norwegian dependency in 1930, and has been a nature reserve since 1971.

 

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