19th Century Ships Wood and Iron Deadeye Rigging Blocks Lignum Vitae & Iron. Lovely wear and great patina. Very tactile. Each individual block measures 7" x 5" x 3" Weighs 2 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. Great original piece. A few dints and marks and splits commensurate with age.
This exceptional item will make a great display piece for nautical decor.
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