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Record ID: SUSS-1E29A7
Object type: MARLIN SPIKE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: East Sussex
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Pointed tool made of red deer antler, probably a sailor's Fid. The tool is oval in cross section with a handle at one end, 19.6mm by 16.9mm by 38.3mm long, with a domed end. Below the handle there is a sharp constriction to 10.9mm by 9.6mm from which point the point of the tool narrows gradually to a rounded tip; the point is 50.7mm long. It weighs 17.48 grams. A fid is a pointed tool that was used for opening up the strands of rope when splicing, they are usually made of wood or antler. It could also have been used as a pricker, a tool used in sailmaking, although those are more ofte…
Created on: Sunday 12th October 2008
Last updated: Monday 10th February 2014
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