Bench hook used in sailmaking, ca. 1900

Courtesy of Gambell and Hunter Sailmakers, an individual partner

Bench hook used in sailmaking, ca. 1900

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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.

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About This Item

  • 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, dacron
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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