Hand-carved and painted horseshoe crab by Virginia artists Jac and Patricia Johnson. Mounted onto a custom wall bracket. Jointed tail section. L: 35"; W: 17"
Horseshoe crabs are common along the Delaware coast and have evolved little in the last 250 million years. Still, they have survived because of their hard, curved shells which have made it difficult for predators to overturn them and expose their soft, vulnerable underbellies. The horseshoe crab has also survived because it can go a year without eating and endure extreme temperatures and salinity. The Delaware Bay region is home to the largest population of the American horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus) which is found along the western shores of the Atlantic Ocean from Maine to the Yucatan. Once called "Horsefoot Crabs" because of the resemblance of its shell to a horse hoof.
Please take note: Each of the Johnson's carvings are originals. Though similar to the one pictured, each piece will vary slightly as original hand-carved artwork should. Allow four to six weeks after placing an order for your Johnson carving to be produced. We will notify you via phone or email if the production of the selected item cannot be accomplished within the suggested length of time.
Please call us at (757)399-5012 to place an order for this item. A 50% deposit of the listed price or quoted price (for custom orders) is required to place an order with the balance due upon completion and prior to shipping. Shipping costs will be estimated at time of purchase.
Customized finishes, adjustments to the size and scale, as well as varying details can be achieved for you at an additional charge. Please write or call us so we can discuss your project and quote you a price for custom work created specifically to your desire and specifications. Skipjack Nautical Wares together with the artists that we represent strive to create the perfect custom product to your satisfaction.
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