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Bench hook used in sailmaking, ca. 1900

Contributed by an individual through Maine Historical Society

The bench hook is thought of as an extra hand for the sailmaker, particularly for seaming and roping.

Its lanyard is secured onto the bench to the right of the sailmaker, and hooking into the canvas, allowing the sailmaker to tension the work with the left hand and stitch it with the right.

This bench hook was from the shop of Amos Perkins Lord.

Other Information


  • Title: Bench hook used in sailmaking, ca. 1900
  • Creator: Murphy, J.
  • Creation Date: circa 1900
  • Subject Date: circa 1900
  • Town: Camden
  • County: Knox
  • State: ME
  • Media: Iron and dacron
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822
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