Bone Dice

Description
Gambling usually was banned aboard whaling ships, on the grounds that it could cause too much strife among the crew. But “bones” or dice were easily concealed from a ship’s officers, and crews found out-of-the-way places to spend their free time wagering their earnings, tobacco, or other assets.
Object Name
dice, ivory
dice, ivory (pair)
date made
1800s
Physical Description
bone (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 1/2 in x 1/2 in x 1/2 in; 1.27 cm x 1.27 cm x 1.27 cm
ID Number
AG*024849.1
accession number
1875.4423
catalog number
24849.1
related event
Expansion and Reform
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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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