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Wooden fid, ca. 1890

Contributed by an individual through Maine Historical Society

This fid was used for splicing line. The pointed end was inserted between strands to open the rope. Another common use was to make holes in canvas for grommets.

Sailors also used fids 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.

Other Information


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

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Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822
http://www.mainehistory.org

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