Marlin spike (or fid)

about 1860–80


Object Place: possibly Newburgh, New York, United States

Dimensions

Length: 36.83 cm (14 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1998.438

Medium or Technique

Ivory with rawhide

On View

George Putnam Model Ship Gallery (Gallery LG28)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Warfare, hunting, fishing

Long spike or fid with tapered shaft, and rounded handle embellished with two circular incised lines; modern rawhide thong threaded through opening in handle; white surface with dark striations and cracks.

Provenance

Owned originally by Daniel Irwin (b. 1836) of Newburgh, New York; descended in the family to his grandson, and thence by inheritance to his wife, the donor, in 1978.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce W. Everitt