On the Water

Whalebone Thimble Eye

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.

ID Number:
AG*025801
Material:
rope
Date:
1800s
Dimensions:
5 in x 3 in; 12.7 cm x 7.62 cm
Source:
E.H. Cook