A large 19th century teak sailor’s fid, having a traditional form with a rope hole to the top. Fids were used for splicing ropes. They came in various sizes, and on whaling ships they were often made of whalebone. In other vessels oak and teak were used, but mostly lignum vitae. The largest one recorded is 52 inches long and is in the Worthing Museum in Sussex. The whole has a good medium colour and patination.