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The end capped with a ring of iron. English
Late 18th - Early 19th Century
Size: 74.5cm high, 12.5cm dia. – 29¼ ins high, 5 ins dia.
See: Finch and Co catalogue no. 12, item no. 70, for a sailor's whalebone fid
Of various sizes fids were made of wood, metal and whalebone. Sometimes the care taken in making such tools conveys a sense of the regard the sailor had for his work as well as the tools he had to use. The high standard of craftsmanship also suggests the long hours often available on board ship during a sea voyage.