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Bone Dice

Bone Dice

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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.
Object Name
dice, ivory
dice, ivory (pair)
date made
Physical Description
bone (overall material)
overall: 1/2 in x 1/2 in x 1/2 in; 1.27 cm x 1.27 cm x 1.27 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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