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 John Ottis Adams  (1851 - 1927)

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Lived/Active: Indiana      Known for: landscape, genre, portrait

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Nick Brown

Oxen pulling a wooden hay cart.
We have an oil painting on metal that is signed ADAMS and dated 1886. We think it is a John Ottis Adams. How can we confirm this?

mike lilley

john adams
I have recently purchased 2 framed pictures which looks like scrimshaw work they appear to be on some sort of bone one is othe ship the dicovery and the second one is of the bark veronica.
They measure approx 3.5 inches x2.5 inches.

They both have plaque on them saying etched by john adams.. I am just curious to know about john adams.

many thanks
m. lilley


John Adams
I found a turtleshell carveing at flea market in Germany with JA it has g.washington and riverboats slaves in ribbon it states we pay no alliance to no crown.looks great would like to know more about it.


I see John Otis Adams lived from 1851-1927. Were there some of his copies of scrimshaw that were made on actual bone, tooth, or ivory? The reason I ask is because one source I have accessed said that his pieces were made out of environmentally friendly man-made material, and I cant believe that during his lifetime 'environmentally friendly man-made material' was an issue, or possible because of the lack of testing equipment to verify it was safe. One specific piece in question is the 'Napoleon scrimshaw man-made material tooth' dated 1815, and signed J.A.

Kathleen Sommer

Scrimshaw marble game board
Bought an ivory marble solitaire game board with black marbles at a flea market. Have done the hot needle test and it passed. There are 4 etchings, a serpent, a globe with e pluribus unum, etc. The base is covered with felt. There is no name on this. Any ideas??

Don Lenker

Faux Scrimshaw
Ebay recently had a posting from England for the very same games board and listed it as "faux". Attached photos,indeed, showed the same item I have. It included the same cracks, etchings, etc., as the item discussed in this web-site.

Don Lenker

Discussion Board John Otis Adams
Discussions entry: Should this comment be placed with items for John Wolcott Adams?

Don Lenker

scrimshaw, marble game, john adams
See Gina's description of this item. We have the same game but need further details to determine what next to do about it. Please provide further info. Thank you.


j.a. scrimshaw
i also have a piece signed J.A. it also depicts a small store with the name john is a turtle appers to be from the mid 1800s it has slaves ,ship,presidents,riverboat,eagle.any info would be mutch appreciated. thanks,pat

brian heyes

john adams scrimshaw
I also have chinese chequers game such as that described by Gina 30/3/06.
Does anyone have any information on these?

Robert Thompson

John Adams
I have a beautiful ivory or bone carving of an African bush scene depicting many different creatures. Some are obvious but many, such as the spiders, snails & snake are hidden and hard to find. Just as they would be in the real bush!

Doe's anyone have any info on the carver John Adams who's name is carved into the bottom right hand corner of this piece?


ivory scrimshaw board game
I have this scrimshaw board game with metalic marbles. The name engraved on the top is John Adams. I have no idea what it is and was wondering if anyone could assist me in finding out. I do have pictures of it.


ivory game with scrimshaw by john adams
recently found a marble game carved out of ivory i believe. no date but has a signed name of john adams.there is a dragon, mariner carving,winged serpent dragon carving,and a very intricate carving of a world globe w/cross and epluribus umum on it. about 9' in diameter.the game resembles chinese checkers of some sort. am interested in any information if anyone knows of this is extremely intricately carved. thank you.

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