Wednesday, April 09, 2008
As part of their collections website, the National Maritime Museum has provided a section on sailors' craftwork. This collection of folk art was made mostly by seamen either in their spare time or on shore during their retirement. It comprises a mixture of decorative ropework, woodwork and metalwork as well as woolwork pictures. Some items include the use of whalebone, walrus tusk and scrimshaw. These items date from the second half of the 19th century into the early 20th century. Clicking on individual sections within this collection provides a brief description, as well as maker`s name where known, date and materials used.