Antique Treen 19th Century Sailor Nautical Seam Rubber
A nicely carved sailor's tool commonly used in the early to mid 1800's. Seam Rubbers are highly collectible.
Creasing a seam in heavy canvas or leather required pressing with something strong and easy to hold in the hand that would neither tear the material nor crack under strain. A sail maker would do this with a hardwood (or whale bone) tool that came to be known as a seam rubber. The earliest ones were very basic tools, just a wedge of hardwood with a blunt edge, but by the 19th century there were becoming increasingly elaborate.
Approximate Dimensions: 5" long
Condition: As found. Stable age crack on one side of the base and one on the ball. See photos.