Antique Early 19th Century Treen Lignum Vitae Sailor’s Fid c.1820
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A Very Handsome Antique Early 19th Century Treen Lignum Vitae Sailor’s Fid, Circa 1820.
Made from heart and sap wood and has ring turned decoration to the head. These fids were used for splicing ropes. They came in various sizes, and on whaling ships they were often made of whalebone. In other vessels oak and teak were used, but mostly lignum vitae as in this instance. The largest one recorded is 52 inches long and is in the Worthing Museum in Sussex.
Condition is good, commensurate with age and use. Structurally sound.
Measures 18cm x 2.5cm
Weighs 80.35 grams