On the long sea voyages from Innsmouth to the South Pacific, sailors in Obed Marsh's fleet whiled away the quiet hours carving artworks into monstrously large teeth brought up to them by the Deep Ones. These massive teeth were known about Innsmouth as a "Tooth of Dagon". This specimen, carved by Phinneas Marsh, 2nd Mate of the Sumatra Queen depicts a well-armed sea creature along with a reminder of the three oaths of Dagon taken by the members of Innsmouth's Esoteric Order of Dagon.
The craftsmanship of the piece is extraordinary. Zoom into the supersize image and you'll see every serration of the sharks' tooth and every cut made by the scrimshaw artist's blade. The standard edition comes with a black wooden easel to conveniently display it.
The Deluxe Marsh Edition comes in a customized display shadow box with a hinged front door with a magnetic clasp. Inside, Dagon's Tooth rests above a black velvet backing, held in place by brass clasps - artfully designed for easy removal of the tooth. Below, an etched plaque describes the treasure.
Spoiler Alert - this paragraph may shatter the carefully constructed versimilitude of this product. Dagon's tooth is a cast replica of a real megalodon shark tooth fossil. We have combined artwork by Darrell Tutchton with HPLHS typography, and the resulting image is laser etched into the tooth. Neither sharks nor Dagon are harmed in the making of this product.
The Facts: the tooth is approximately 5 inches wide across the bottom and 6 inches tall and weighs a little over 5 ounces. The shadow box frame stands 11 inches tall, 9 inches wide and is 3.5 inches deep. The tooth is cast in polyeurethane resin and hand colored before the scrimshaw artwork is added. Finished teeth receive a light coat of sealant to prevent damage to finish by handling.
These are the questions we anticipate you may ask us frequently.
Q: Is it real?
A: Without getting into a discussion of metaphysics, we'll tell you that it is real in the sense that it is a cast of an actual megalodon shark tooth. A faux finish is applied and our artwork is etched into (not painted on) the surface of the tooth.
Q: Where'd you get the cool frame?
A: We searched all over to procure a frame which would complement this extraordinary piece. This one looks great and can be opened so you can easily take the tooth out and put it back.
Q: Do you ship these things? I live really far away.
A: The HPLHS ships worldwide. We insure an item like this against theft or breakage. If it doesn't get to you in perfect shape, we'll take care of it.
Q: Will mine look exactly like it does in these photos?
A: No, each piece is unique and is finished by hand so there are slight variations in each cast and finish. But what you see here is really close to what you'll get.
Q: How come you don't show the back of the tooth? Is there something wrong with it?
A: Not at all. The back is fully finished and looks like the convex side of a megalodon shark tooth. But the scrimshaw is all on the front.