Bone Dice


Gambling usually was banned aboard whaling ships, on the grounds that it could cause too much strife among the crew. But “bones” or dice were easily concealed from a ship’s officers, and crews found out-of-the way places to spend their free time wagering their earnings, tobacco or other assets.

Date Made: 19th Century

Related Event: Expansion and ReformCivil War and Reconstruction


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Exhibition: On the Water

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AG.024849.3Catalog Number: 24849.3Accession Number: 1875.4423

Object Name: Dice, Ivorydice, ivory (pair)


Record Id: nmah_860557

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