NAVAL - SAILMAKING Manuscript workbook of Gravesend sailmaker Henry Eversfield, entitled "Henry Eversfield's Systems of Sail Making" on front board, with his heading "My System of Sail Making is entirely/ constituted & arranged by myself/ HE" on inside leaf,  [c.1840-1860]
Lot 57
NAVAL - SAILMAKING
Manuscript workbook of Gravesend sailmaker Henry Eversfield, entitled "Henry Eversfield's Systems of Sail Making" on front board, with his heading "My System of Sail Making is entirely/ constituted & arranged by myself/ HE" on inside leaf, [c.1840-1860]
£2,000 - 3,000
US$ 2,700 - 4,000

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NAVAL - SAILMAKING Manuscript workbook of Gravesend sailmaker Henry Eversfield, entitled "Henry Eversfield's Systems of Sail Making" on front board, with his heading "My System of Sail Making is entirely/ constituted & arranged by myself/ HE" on inside leaf,  [c.1840-1860]
NAVAL - SAILMAKING
Manuscript workbook of Gravesend sailmaker Henry Eversfield, entitled "Henry Eversfield's Systems of Sail Making" on front board, with his heading "My System of Sail Making is entirely/ constituted & arranged by myself/ HE" on inside leaf, written in a neat hand interspersed with over forty carefully drawn technical diagrams of sails and calculations, describing the sails required for various vessels and giving instructions on how to measure each vessel to obtain the correct dimensions of sail ("The first thing to be observed after measuring a vessel is the way she sits upon the water..."), subjects include "Method to make the allowances upon the spars after having obtained the total length", "To get length of a Leach for Larger Cutters", "Method to get Number of Cloths head & foot of Sails made of 18 inch Canvas", "Method of Casting up, or fully Constructing a Trysail", "Method of Cutting & Casting up Jibs", "Particulars to be observed in the Cloth before you Cut out any Sail, particularly a Mainsail" etc., some entries incomplete, contents page pasted to front endpaper, collection of rough working drawings, sketches and other papers loosely inserted, c.136pp., original vellum, scratched and worn, folio, [c.1840-1860]

Footnotes

  • 'MY SYSTEM OF SAIL MAKING IS ENTIRELY CONSTITUTED & ARRANGED BY MYSELF': a rare survival recording the sailmaker's craft in the mid nineteenth century, attractively illustrated with many drawings, sketches and plans.
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