Clasp Knife Engraved "U.S.S. Chesapeake"

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Description

Clasp knife used by sailor acting as main royal yard man in U.S. Navy.  Knife has a bone handle in which the words are carved "U.S.S. Chesapeake, 2nd Class Cruise, Main Royal Yard."  On the reverse of the handle is carved "On deck there slack up port main royal clew line --- this---bunt gasket."