Bone Fid

Description
Made of hard wood, bone, or ivory and tapering to a point, fids were used mostly for ropework, such as splicing. On deck, they were also used for breaking knots that might be frozen from overtightening, wet weather, or other conditions. In a pinch, one could also serve as a temporary belaying pin to tie off a line, or even as a weapon.
Object Name
fid, ivory
date made
1800s
Physical Description
bone (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 13 1/2 in x 1/2 in; 34.29 cm x 1.27 cm
Associated Place
United States: Connecticut, Middletown
ID Number
AG*025650
catalog number
025650
accession number
4798
subject
Natural Resources
Transportation
Work
Cultures & Communities
Industry & Manufacturing
Art
On the Water exhibit
event
Expansion and Reform
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Work and Industry: Agriculture and Natural Resources
On the Water exhibit
Exhibition
On the Water
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
A.R. Crittenden
Publication title
On the Water online exhibition
Publication URL
http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthewater

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