Sailmaker's roping palm, 1888

Courtesy of Gambell and Hunter Sailmakers, an individual partner

Sailmaker's roping palm, 1888

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This tool is worn on the hand and used to push a sailmaker's needle through heavy material, often through multiple layers. The end of the needle fits into one of the indentations on the "eye," the round metal part of the palm.

This roping palm is used for heavier work such as sewing bolt rope around the edge of the sails, working with leather, or hand sewing grommets. With this work, twine is wrapped around the "horn" to pull and tighten each stitch. A smaller, lighter seaming palm would be used for hand-stitching panels of canvas together.

Amos Perkins Lord, a late nineteenth and early twentieth century sailmaker in Camden, owned the palm.

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About This Item

  • Title: Sailmaker's roping palm, 1888
  • Creation Date: 1888
  • Subject Date: 1888
  • Town: Camden
  • County: Knox
  • State: ME
  • Media: Leather, metal eye
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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