LGE. Antique Civil War Navy FID, Nautical, Maritime, Ship, Sails, Whaling, Maine

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Large 1840 - 1860 Period Wooden Naval FID, Used in Splicing Ropes on Warships and Whaling Vessels, From MAINE COASTAL ESTATE
DESCRIPTION: Civil War or earlier wooden naval fid, a long, tapered, turned piece of hardwood used in splicing or undoing strands of rope in the heavy lines used on the old wooden ships. The small end was put in between the strands and gradually worked until the wider part loosened them sufficiently for finger work.
This could easily be earlier than Civil War, as these were also used well before, on both US naval vessels and whaling ships, as early as 1820-1840.
This one is large, about 12" long and about 1 1/2" diameter at the top. This size would have been used for some of the larger ropes and lines. Appears to be made of oak for durability, and it has a nice dark aged patina. In excellent condition. From an old MAINE COASTAL estate.
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