Annisquam Christmas Fair next Saturday – December 3rd

All week the Members of the Annisquam Sewing Circle will be very busy decorating fabulous wreaths, beautiful table and mantle pieces. The Kitchen Crew will be creating the Famous Chicken Tetrazzini that will be available, in a limited supply. At home our wonderful bakers will be at work on items for the Gourmet Table. Last-minute touches are being added to the hand-created works for the Craft Table where you will find beautiful knits, cards and many unexpected items. This year there will be a new Needlepoint Ornament created by the Needles Group. They have been working all year on these exquisite works of art.

Come early and shop. Members are available to help. Saturday, December 3rd, 8:00 to noon, Village Hall, 34 Leonard St., Gloucester 01930.

The proceeds from this fundraiser are donated to Cape Ann non-profits and as scholarships to GHS graduating seniors.

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The 2022 Annisquam Christmas Fair

Saturday, December 3, 8 to noon in the beautifully renovated Village Hall, 34 Leonard St., 01930 HAndicap accessible.

Beautifully decorated wreaths, boxwood trees, hand-crafted gifts, delicious gourmet foods and much more. Come early for the best selection!

Brought to you by the Annisquam Sewing Circle

Fishermen’s Woolen Nippers

Nipper

Earlier members of the Annisquam Sewing Circle knit nippers like this pair.

Fishermen working trawl lines in the 19th century often suffered cuts and rope burns on their hands. They typically wore mittens or gloves to protect themselves when hauling the long lines aboard and removing the fish. These sturdy but soft rings, called nippers, are knitted of woolen yarn and stuffed with more wool. They would have fit around a fisherman’s palms, protecting his hands while his fingers remained free for tasks requiring dexterity.

These nippers were probably made in Gloucester, Mass., for use by local fishermen working on offshore schooners. The shallow, fertile banks stretching from Georges Bank east of Nantucket to the Grand Bank off Newfoundland, Canada, were prime fishing areas for Gloucestermen. Cod, haddock, and halibut were the principal species caught by fishermen working aboard schooners in these waters in the late 19th century.

These nippers were among the fishermen’s clothing, tools, and apparatus featured by the United States in the 1883 International Fisheries Exhibition in London.

ID Number:
AG*102074
Place Made:
Gloucester, Massachusetts
Material:
woolen
Date:
1880s
Dimensions:
5 in x 3.365 x 1.7717; 12.7mm x 85 x 45 mm
Source:
U.S. Fish Commission