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Doorstop, Marseille (Monkey Fist) - Annapolis Maritime Antiques
Doorstop, Marseille (Monkey Fist) - Annapolis Maritime Antiques
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Doorstop, Marseille (Monkey Fist)

Regular price $56.95

diameter - 6.5"

 

A monkey's fist or monkey paw is a type of knot, so named because it looks somewhat like a small bunched fist/paw. It is tied at the end of a rope to serve as a weight, making it easier to throw, and also as an ornamental knot. This type of weighted rope can be used as a hand-to-hand weapon, called a slungshot by sailors. It was also used in the past as an anchor in rock climbing, by stuffing it into a crack. Nowadays it is still sometimes used in sandstone, e.g., the Elbe Sandstone Mountains in Germany.

 


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