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Sailors' craftwork

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Collection Sailors' craftwork, Decorative art
Gallery locationNot on display

Object details:

Object ID AAA0103
Description A cotton bellrope decorated with square knotting over blue wool fabric at each end. It is also worked with Turk's heads, hitching and a star knot. The knots are highlighted with red and blue thread. The eye is ring bolt hitched. Bequeathed by Vice-Admiral M. H. A. Kelsey in 1964 as 'My decorative Naval Bell Rope which is a particularly fine example of an almost extinct art.' Kelsey was a cadet at Osborne and Dartmouth, entering the Royal Navy in 1907. He served afloat during World War One. He was Commodore in charge at Freetown 1942-44, Captain of HMS 'Warspite' 1944-45, Commodore at Chatham 1945-6. Before his retirement in 1949, he was Fleet Officer at Malta.
Date made Before 1964

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. We regret that Museum enquiries have not been able to identify the copyright holder and would welcome any information that would help us update our records. Please contact the Picture Library.
Materials cotton fibre
Measurements 77 x 490 x 130 mm
  • Bellrope (AAA0103)
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