An interesting and well used sailor’s fid made of teak, having a top with an historic metal collar, where the wood has been chipped and hammered showing extensive use. The whole has an excellent colour and patination.
Fids were used for splicing ropes and they came in various sizes, and on whaling ships they were often made of whalebone. In other vessels oak and teak were often used. The largest one recorded is 52 inches long and is in the Worthing Museum in Sussex.