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Whalebone Thimble Eye

Whalebone Thimble Eye

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This rope-strapped thimble carved from whalebone would have had a light rope through the eye for rigging, perhaps on a whaleboat.
These miniature items also served as children’s toys or curiosities back home. Toys in the form of miniature working ship parts were easy and quick for sailors to carve, and they did not require much skill to make. They also served as potent reminders of where and what the men were doing during their long absences from their friends and families.
Object Name
thimble eye
date made
Physical Description
rope (overall material)
whalebone (overall material)
overall: 5 in x 3 in; 12.7 cm x 7.62 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
E.H. Cook
Expansion and Reform
Civil War and Reconstruction
The Development of the Industrial United States
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Work and Industry: Fisheries
Cultures & Communities
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
On the Water
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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