Sail Maker's Seam Rubber, Whalebone; Unknown maker; 1858; RI.W2002.1472

Name/Title

Sail Maker's Seam Rubber, Whalebone

About this object

This nineteenth century seam creaser (or rubber) is carved out of whale bone and engraved like scrimshaw. These tools were used by sail makers to flatten and crease the seams of sails. They were often highly decorative, almost the sail maker's badge of office. This tool is engraved with the date 1858 and the initials 'J.G with the image of a Crown'.

Maker

Unknown maker

Maker Role

Maker

Date Made

1858

Period

1850s

Place Made

Unknown

Medium and Materials

organic, animal, bone, mammal bone, whale bone

Inscription and Marks

Engraved on one face of the wedge. 'J.G and the image of a Crown'
Engraved on the other face of the wedge is the date:'1858'.
The accession number W2002.1472 has been marked on the handle.

Measurements

h 120 mm x w 40 x d 20 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Maritime

Object Type

equipment

Object number

RI.W2002.1472

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