Sawfish, Fish from American Waters, Allen & Ginter, 15-Oz. Mug

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This 15-ounce mug features the Sawfish from a collectible card in Allen & Ginter's 1889 Fish from American Waters series. Allen & Ginter, in Richmond, Virginia, created the first cigarette cards to trade or collect.

Their very many series included World's Smokers, Quadrupeds, World Beauties, and even Editors of U.S. newspapers. 

This mug is safe for use in dishwasher and microwave. The graphic is sublimation-printed for top quality. Made in USA.


Sawfish are actually rays. Their nose is lined with sharp teeth-like dentricles — and also covered with electrosensitive pores so the fish can detect prey trying to hide in the mud of the ocean bottom so as to get the hell away from it.

The sawfish lies flat on the ocean floor — it's flat anyway, and it's mouth and nostrils are on the underside. So it lies there using its rostrum to dig out crustaceans, and then suddenly if suitable food swims past it'll jump up and slash out, stunning or impaling. Same thing with intruders — sharks or scuba divers.

Some species can be over 20 feet long.


Visit the original pixels for this Sawfish at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's website.

See more fish-related Allen & Ginter art on Anomaly Panoply.