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.

Date Made: 1800s

Associated Place: United States: Connecticut, Middletown

Related Event: Expansion and Reform


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Exhibition: On the Water

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

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Related Publication: On the Water online exhibition

Credit Line: A.R. Crittenden

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AG.025650Catalog Number: 025650Accession Number: 4798

Object Name: fid, ivory

Physical Description: bone (overall material)Measurements: overall: 13 1/2 in x 1/2 in; 34.29 cm x 1.27 cm


Record Id: nmah_868252

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