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.
We have separate categories for scrimshaw, antique ship in a bottle, ship models and dioramas.
Below is our selection of antique sailors folk art
ANTIQUE SAILORS DITTY BOX, FOLK ART
Hardwood sailors folk art ditty box with internal ship painting.
The sailors ditty box was used to store small personal items, they were often made onboard the ship and personalised by each sailor. This example has a painting of a three masted, fully rigged ship inside the lid. Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 6 inches - 26 x 18 x 15 cm
THIS ITEM HAS BEEN SOLD.
Top of ditty box showing scrimshaw panel
Inside ditty box showing internal removable tray
ANTIQUE SCRIMSHAW SAILORS DITTY BOX
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 SAILOR MADE SHIP IN A BOTTLE
The ship in a bottle is a very skilled and detailed sailors folk art. The fascinating sailors craft of making tiny sailing ship models and inserting them into a bottle, every one is totally unique and we think they deserve special attention. We have a separate website dedicated to this fascinating sailors folk art. You can view our website here: antique ship in a bottle
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.