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Whale Bone Seam Rubber

Whale Bone Seam Rubber

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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.
Object Name
seam rubber
date made
Physical Description
panbone (overall material)
overall: 4 1/8 in x 1 1/2 in x 5/8 in; 10.4775 cm x 3.81 cm x 1.5875 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Frank Westerberger
Expansion and Reform
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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