Revolutionary War Era Lignum Vitae Marlin Spike or Fid w/ Broad Arrow Mark
Revolutionary War Period Lignum Vitae Marlin Spike or Fid w/ Broad Arrow Mark. 1750-1790 Fid. This fid is made of lignum vitae, a wood favored in naval enterprises for its density and natural resistance to harsh elements at seas. This fid is in good overall condition, but exhibits wear throughout from age and use. It features a broad arrow or crow's foot mark (photo 2) effectively designating it as government property (King George III) for military use. This marlin spike is a recent acquisition Charleston, South Carolina area collection. A fid was used to untie the ropes on large sailing ships and at times as a melee weapon. Measures 10 3/4"