ANTIQUE HEAVY DUTY BRONZE NAUTICAL BOAT HOOK FOR GRABBING CLEAT LINES 7 LONG. A brass boat hook and part of a broken and slightly burnt shaft. The metal is either a brass or nautical brass which puts it in the bronze category. There are file marks on the back of the bronze neck, (portion other side of hook). Other pieces matching this one have cast lettering/numbering in this area.
It appears someone filled this information away on purpose and, it was done some time ago as the patina is even throughout. Provenance: Obtained by an antiquities dealer in Bowman GA.Presently archived in a box. The hook is attached by one bronze rivet traveling through the wood. The opening for wooden shaft 1 and 7/8ths inches wide. The fitting would qualify as being described as having movement but not quite loose (yet). The wooden shaft has steel staples (presumably to hold together a crack) making an X.
There are several of these X's. The shape and length and material of this boat hook match exactly to those used by the Navy during the Civil War.
For many months I did not mention the Civil War in this posting for a sale. I didn't want the exposure. I don't want someone coming back to me saying no it's not of Union or Confederate issue. As far as I know boat hooks went with the boat. So it's more of a period item.This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Other Civil War Original Items". The seller is "georgiaunderwood" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.