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A wooden chain with 25 links and a box and ball on each end. The unit measures 39 inches (100 cm) long.

No matter how demanding the work at sea, most sailors found time for reflection. During such times the solitary Jack Tar produced some of the finest folk art that we prize today.

Carving and whittling were popular activities. The challenge of carving an intricate chain from a single piece of wood was a favorite among seamen.

Here is a wooden chain with 25 links and a box and ball on each end. The unit measures 39 inches (100 cm) long. It was painted with gold paint to give it the look of brass. The box ends are accented with black. This is an old carving and was acquired with a small group of mariners items in Baltimore; it dates from about 1910.

 
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