SAILORS FOLK ART
Welcome to our selection of antique sailors folk art and craft. Sailors folk art comes in many different forms: Sea chests, ditty boxes, carvings, rope fancywork etc. The skill and ingenuity of the sailor was second to none and they used the long periods of time off watch to hone their skills. Most of these items were made for loved ones back home or made to sell in order to increase income.
ANTIQUE SEAMAN'S CHEST / SAILORS SEA TRUNK
Antique seaman's chest / sailor made sea chest.
Complete with naive internal painting of a square rigged sailing ship rigged as a four masted barque and a Pilot cutter. Internal compartment and fancywork rope beckets / carry handles.
Top of ditty box showing scrimshaw panel
Inside ditty box showing internal removable tray
A sailor made ditty box with engraved scrimshaw panel. The scrimshaw panel depicts a maritime scene with a ship under full sail and a female figure stood beside a capstan at the end of a quay. it is also engraved - "The sailors return, SHIP SWALLOW New Bedford 1860", with crossed flags and a border of roses.
Box dimensions: 11 x 7 x 3.5 inches - 28 x 18 x 9 cm
ANTIQUE SAILORS MARITIME FOLK ART CARVING.
Antique sailors folk art wood carving of a saluting seaman. This hand carved sculpture depicts a Royal Navy sailor in uniform and it is stamped at the base H.M.S CAMPERDOWN. It is made from teak so it has probably been made from a piece of replaced decking from the ship.
H.M.S. CAMPERDOWN was a British Royal Navy battle class destroyer, She was named after the Battle of Camperdown, a naval engagement between the British and Dutch that took place in 1797, and resulted in a British victory.
The ship was built by Fairfields Shipbuilding & Engineering Company and launched on 8 February 1944 and commissioned on 18 June 1945.
ROPE SEA CHEST BECKETS
A matching pair of decorative sea chest beckets or rope carry handles. Sailor made using ropework and fancywork skills, fashioned in the traditional form of sailors folk art and craft.
Complete with wooden mounting blocks.