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Probably made and used by sailors on board ship
Old smooth patina
Early 19th Century
Size: 6cm long, 1.5cm dia. – 2 ins long, ½ ins dia.
Life on board ship for the 18th and 19th century sailor was usually perilous, strenuous, boring and difficult. Frequently it was extremely tense and nerve wracking and so demanded some form of relief. The most common form of relief in the Royal Navy came from the rum ration aboard. However, very occasionally the Captain would order the men to cavort with the command ‘all hands to mischief’, turning over complete control of the main and fore decks to his men for the purpose of relaxing them from unending strict discipline.
Gambling with cards and dice was a common pastime of able seamen often quietly undertaken below decks, as traditionally the Royal Navy gave nine lashes for the crime of gambling aboard.
|Height||6.00 cm||(2.36 inches)|