S/5130 Antique Treen 19th Century Sailor's Fruitwood Signed Seam Rubber
A good sail maker's seam rubber or liner of sturdy proportions, having a turned handle stamped J Nicholson and incised line decoration and an iron collar with the end showing signs of hammer blows. The tapered blade has conforming line decoration and is also stamped both sides J. Nicholson. The whole has an excellent colour and patination. Seam rubbers were made in various woods and sometimes whale bone or walrus ivory and were used by sailors and sail makers for smoothing the seams in canvas, flattening the double line of waxed stitches into the canvas.
8¼ in. (21 cm.) Wide
2½ in. (6.5 cm.) Deep
English Circa 1840