Whalebone Thimble Eye

Description
This rope-strapped thimble carved from whalebone would have had a light rope through the eye for rigging, perhaps on a whaleboat.
These miniature items also served as children’s toys or curiosities back home. Toys in the form of miniature working ship parts were easy and quick for sailors to carve, and they did not require much skill to make. They also served as potent reminders of where and what the men were doing during their long absences from their friends and families.
Object Name
thimble eye
date made
1800s
Physical Description
rope (overall material)
whalebone (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 5 in x 3 in; 12.7 cm x 7.62 cm
ID Number
AG*025801
catalog number
025801
accession number
2009.0182
subject
Transportation
Natural Resources
Work
Cultures & Communities
Industry & Manufacturing
Art
Fishing
event
Expansion and Reform
Civil War and Reconstruction
The Development of the Industrial United States
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Work and Industry: Fisheries
Exhibition
On the Water
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
E.H. Cook
Publication title
On the Water online exhibition
Publication URL
http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthewater

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