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Whaler's Chopper

Whaler's Chopper

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After the whale skin and attached fat, together called blubber, was hauled aboard the mother ship for processing in large strips, it was chopped into small pieces with different tools to expose more surface area to the melting heat of the boiling oil in the try-pot. This chopper was one of those tools.
Object Name
Physical Description
wood (part: handle material)
ferrous metal (part: chopper material)
overall: 2 1/4 in x 35 in x 8 in; 5.715 cm x 88.9 cm x 20.32 cm
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catalog number
accession number
Expansion and Reform
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Natural Resources
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On the Water
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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