On the Water

Whale Bone Seam Rubber

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.

ID Number:
AG*025793
Material:
panbone
Date:
1800s
Dimensions:
4 1/8 in x 1 1/2 in x 5/8 in; 10.4775 cm x 3.81 cm x 1.5875 cm
Source:
Gift of Frank Westerberger