Bone Fid

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.
Object Name
fid, ivory
date made
Associated Place
United States: Connecticut, Middletown
Physical Description
bone (overall material)
overall: 13 1/2 in x 1/2 in; 34.29 cm x 1.27 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
A.R. Crittenden
Expansion and Reform
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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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