Item SCR14 - Whale Skeletal Bone Serving Mallet.

Serving Mallets (and serving boards) are devices used by sailors to wrap (serve) marline (tarred small twine) around cordage and ships hardware to reduced chafing and, in some cases, muffle noise (think oarlocks). The device was one that would receive the marline that was wrapped around the server handle in a manner that created great tension so that the serving was tight. The friction of the line against the mallet quickly wore grooves in the handle and head of the mallet. This is an example made by a sailor, out of whale skeletal bone (Sperm whale mandible). Although the tool is somewhat corroded from immersion in salt water, the wear grooves can be easily seen. The tool is 6 ¾ inches long, with a “head” width of 2 5/8 inches. It is old, and is partially mineralized from long immersion in the ocean. It is a great artifact from whaling days. Good+


   Price -  $395.00

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