Sailors Scrimshaw Carved Whalebone Fid
Sailors Scrimshaw Carved Whalebone Fid
Sailors Scrimshaw Carved Whalebone Fid
Sailors Scrimshaw Carved Whalebone Fid

Sailors Scrimshaw Carved Whalebone Fid

1800 to 1900 Anglo American

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A Sailors Scrimshaw Carved Whalebone Fid
Old smooth patina
Circa 1850-60

Size: 21.5cm long – 8½ ins long
See Finch & Co catalogue no. 12, item no. 70, catalogue no. 15, item no. 13, for other examples
The 19th century whale men carved fids from the pan-bone of captured whales to use on board ship for inserting thimbles into prepared rope, reaming out grommets, splicing rope, working knots and especially for opening holes in a canvas sail, as the sail maker preferred spreading the threads of the canvas rather than cutting a hole in it.
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Whalebone
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