Item NA14 - Sailor’s Fid. 

This wooden fid, unlike many that you see has “seen the enemy” and shows the wear that comes from splicing cordage, prying apart knots, and setting grommets in sails.  Made of beech wood, this one is stained with tar, girdled by grommets, and suffers splits near its somewhat worn point.  The owner (and likely its maker) thought enough of it to deeply incise his initials, “J. B.” into the upper part of the fid, and then filled the incision with red lead paint  (most likely).  The fid is 11 inchs long, tapering evenly from a top diameter of about 1 ¼ inches.  Good+


Price -  $75.00

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