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
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
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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