Katy Elliott

A daily design journal about new england life, home decorating resources, and renovating a 257-year-old house in Marblehead, MA.

Hand Carved Sperm Whales and Golden Cods

Posted on | January 26, 2009 | 5 Comments

When I first moved to our new town by the sea I immediately fell in love with the hand carved sperm whales and golden cods that appear above many of the front doors. I’m partial to the sperm whale but the golden cod is a very traditional symbol of the New England fishing industry.

The hand carved sculptures are designed by local Marbleheader Ray Abbott. Whales and cods can be ordered and purchased through Arnould Gallery. Prices range from $45-$500 depending on size and choice of finish—white wash, black, or gold leaf. I took a few shots inside the gallery and around town featuring the whale and cod sculptures. I’m thinking about adding a few of the little guys to our door frames inside the house too. So cute.

Arnould Gallery
111 Washington Street
Marblehead, MA
(781) 631-6366

Golden Cods
Sperm Whale Above Door
Golden Cod above door

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5 Responses to “Hand Carved Sperm Whales and Golden Cods”

  1. LindsB
    January 26th, 2009 @ 6:41 pm

    I always love seeing those on houses by the water, its such a fun New England tradition.


  2. Mouse
    January 27th, 2009 @ 12:21 pm

    How very Maine.


  3. hmstrjam
    September 11th, 2009 @ 9:04 am

    I love these! We own Ahab’s problem child…


  4. Louis A. Norton
    September 17th, 2009 @ 8:09 pm

    Please send size and price information about your carved cod, pineapples and whales.
    Thank you


  5. Katy Elliott
    September 17th, 2009 @ 8:58 pm


    I do not sell the carved whales. Contact “Arnould Gallery” at the above listed number for pricing info.


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