On the Water

Bone Fid

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.

ID Number:
AG*025650
Material:
bone
Date:
1800s
Dimensions:
13 1/2 in x 1/2 in; 34.29 cm x 1.27 cm
Source:
A.R. Crittenden