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Nautical instruments

Deep Lead with line for shallow waters – Davis, London, late 19th century

Octagonal deeplead of 6 lbs (Davis, London) with leadline on a reel to find waterdepth and type of soil. The length of the line is 25 fathoms. At equally distances, every fathom, small tarpaulin flags – white, blue, red and leather. Every five fathom a little markline with one, two, three, four or five knots.

The bottom of the lead is provided with a hollow to put in some fat. Adhere soil gives an indication of the structure of the seabottom. At the end of the line a wooden handle useful when ejecting the lead and to facilitate the cleaning of the lead in the water.
The reel is made of oak.

Date: ca. 1900
LD reel: 60×22 cm (23,5×9 in)
Signed: DL
Origin: England
Condition: perfect, working and wear consistent with age and use
Catalog: NM.4-50

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