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Wedgeport Sport Tuna Fishing Museum

Protector, Hand


Accession number: 2001.151.1
Date: before 2001
Materials: rubber; cotton twine
Measurements: 2.5 cm W x 30.5 cm Diameter
Narrative: Nippers were used by fishermen to protect their hands from cuts and rope burn when working the trawl lines. These sturdy leather rings were fitted around the fisherman's palms, protecting his hands and freeing his fingers to perform tasks requiring dexterity. 
Description: Objects are 5 circular rings. 2 rings are complete circles made of rubber. 3 are made of shorter lengths of rubber tied into rings with twine. The rubber has a groove running around its circumference. All 5 rings are bound together in a bunch with twine. 
History of Use: Nippers were used by fishermen to protect their hands from cuts and rope burn when working the trawl lines. These sturdy rubber rings were fitted around the fisherman's palms, protecting his hands and freeing his fingers to perform tasks requiring dexterity.