Decorative art, Sailors' craftwork

The Collection

Your selection



Buy this image Add this to a collection
Share or embed this object   


Decorative art

Object connections:

Collection Decorative art, Sailors' craftwork
User collections Collectables (All) by blueheatwave
Collectables (UK) by blueheatwave
Gallery locationNot on display

Object details:

Object ID AAA0133
Description A whalebone fid, a tool used in rigging and sailmaking. The bone would be taken from the lower jaw of a sperm whale. Two lines have been engraved round the upper end. This is an example of the more functional type of scrimshaw. It was possibly made by Captain William Tolley Brookes (1791-1874), master of the whale ship 'Active' in the 1830s.
Date made circa 1835

Artist/Maker Brookes, William Tolley
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials bone
Measurements 450 x 45 mm
  • Fid (AAA0133)
    Help us

    Do you know more about this?

    Share your knowledge