Seattle’s first coffee cup was made from a walrus skull!
It’s carved from the tusk socket of a walrus skull and handle is the front part of the cheekbone.
Most likely made by an Alaskan native carver around 1900, and probably sold or traded to someone who brought it to Seattle.
At some point, it got lost or thrown away and became buried. In the mid-1950s, some children found it while digging in the backyard of their Laurelhurst house.
See it at the Burke Museum, Seattle: http://www.burkemuseum.org/imagine