Marlin spike (or fid)
Object Place: possibly Newburgh, New York, United States
Length: 36.83 cm (14 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ivory with rawhide
George Putnam Model Ship Gallery (Gallery LG28)
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.
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.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce W. Everitt