Sailors' craftwork, Decorative art

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Sailors' craftwork

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Collection Sailors' craftwork, Decorative art
User collections Illustrated Teeth and Bone by dmclark
Gallery locationAtlantic Gallery (Floor plans)

Object details:

Object ID AAA0025
Description A whalebone fid: a tool used in rigging and sailmaking. The bone would be taken from the lower jaw of a sperm whale. Four lines have been engraved round the upper end. This is an example of the more functional type of scrimshaw.
Date made 1850-1900

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 whalebone
Measurements 280 x 32 mm
  • Fid (AAA0025)
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