Whale Bone Seam Rubber

Description
Seam rubbers were part of a sail maker’s tool kit. They were used to smooth and flatten the seams of heavy canvas sailcloth, where two pieces were joined or the edges were hemmed before they were sewn. This unusually large example was probably carved from the panbone, part of a whale’s jaw.
date made
1800s
Physical Description
panbone (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 4 1/8 in x 1 1/2 in x 5/8 in; 10.4775 cm x 3.81 cm x 1.5875 cm
ID Number
AG.025793
accession number
4957
catalog number
025793
Credit Line
Gift of Frank Westerberger
related event
Expansion and Reform
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Work and Industry: Fisheries
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On the Water exhibit
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Exhibition
On the Water
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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