Sailors folk art and crafts comes in many different varieties, most items were made for loved ones back home or were made to sell when in port to increase income. The skill and ingenuity of the sailor was second to none and they utilised long periods of time aboard, whilst off watch to hone their skills. Popular sailors folk art includes: ships in bottles, scrimshaw, wood carvings etc.

Antique sailors ditty box with a painting of a three masted square rigged ship, under full sail on the inside of the lid. The ditty box was used to contain a sailors personal effects.


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