19th Century Ships 3 Hole Wooden Deadeye Rigging Block Lignum Vitea 6.25" x 3.25" Weighs over 1.5 kilo" Deadeyes were used as part of the ship’s standing rigging, most commonly in the shrouds and stays, where they were permanently tensioned to support the masts as they tried to flex and move with the pressure put on them by the wind filling the sails and the movements of the vessel. They were used for this purpose as they are much stronger than blocks with sheaves, as the strain is not lying on a pin. The term ‘dead’ was used because they had no revolving sheaves. No doubt the original name of ‘dead-man’s-eye’ arose from the remarkable resemblance of these blocks, with their three holes, to a human skull.
This exceptional item will make a great display piece for nautical decor.
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