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Marlin spike (or fid)

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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.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce W. Everitt

about 1860–80

Object Place

possibly Newburgh, New York, United States


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ivory with rawhide




Warfare, hunting, & fishing