Fine Sailors Whalebone Fid, English or American

Fine Sailors Whalebone Fid, English or American

1800 to 1900 English or American

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A Fine Sailors Whalebone Fid, English or American
Old smooth patina
Circa 1850 – 60

Size: 33cm long – 13 ins long
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Fids were handcrafted utilitarian objects on board ship for inserting thimbles into prepared rope, reaming out grommets, splicing rope, working knots and for opening holes in a canvas sail, because sail makers preferred spreading the threads of the canvas rather than cutting a hole in it. The point of the fid, which could not be too sharp or it would snag the yarns, had to be protected as if it became damaged a ragged point could ruin a sail by catching or tearing it. Thus a smooth surface was most important.
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