Bone fid, ca.1890

Courtesy of Gambell and Hunter Sailmakers, an individual partner

Bone fid, ca.1890

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Fids are valuable tools in sailmaking and sailing. They are used to open, stretch and expand things such as rope or cloth.

A small fid could also be used as a hand held windlass to gain mechanical advantage in tightening stitches. They are used by sailors for ropework such as maintaining lines and rigging ships.

This fid was from the shop of Amos P. Lord, a sailmaker in Camden in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

It is made of bone, and demonstrates how sailors and sailmakers made use of the materials that were available to them.

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About This Item

  • Title: Bone fid, ca.1890
  • Creation Date: circa 1890
  • Subject Date: circa 1890
  • Town: Camden
  • County: Knox
  • State: ME
  • Media: Bone
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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