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ANTIQUE SAILOR MADE BECKETS AND SEA CHEST, Ca 1850

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These Fine Beckets Have Been Sold. Thank You!
 
HIGH QUALITY SAILOR MADE SEA CHEST HANDLES - BECKETS

 
Presented is a pair of sailor made fancy rope work chest handles, or beckets which were used as handles on sea chests.  Seaman took great pride in making these, and the  fancier, and more complicated they are, indicate how experienced the sailor was.  Only seaman, with years of experience were able to create such intricate works of "marlin spike" seamanship. Fancy ones, such as this, commanded a great deal of respect from shipmates.
 
Beckets are made around a core of rope or twine called "marlin". The general shape is formed by taking a varying number of strands and whipping them together using small twine, binding them and leaving the ends open to be made into eyes or grommets. The result is then covered by fancy rope work, which includes macramé stitches and embellishments such as "Turks heads" and "monkey fists". The final step is to form the bolt rope which passes through the eyes and has Turks head on the ends. A wooden cleat is used to attach the Becket to ends of the chest.
 
               A woven handle called a becket
                            A Turks head knot
                    Intricate workmanship
                     Outstanding condition

APPROXIMATE SIZE:  8 1/2" L x 5 3/4" W x 1" T

WEIGHT (2)  1 lbs 4 oz                                  Distance bewteen gaskets 2 5/8"

CONDITION: The rope work, weaving and knots are all in good order and complete with no fraying. Leather washers and monkey fists are still tight on the strops. The handles are firm and in excellent condition.  

These Mid-19 Century Beckets would be ideal to fit onto an old sea-chest such as the one we have in stock which is pictured below, and is for sale.

 

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