Updated: Mar 13, 2022
SERVING is encircling a rope with line or spunyarn to keep it from rubbing and chafing.
To SERVE is to wind round spunyarn by means of a mallet, to prevent it from being rubbed. The materials used for the purpose are called service.
MOUSE. A large knob, in the shape of a pear, formed on stays; also a smaller one round messengers, by intertwisting a small rope round the strands.
Mainstay with stay collar:
Stay eye at main masterhead;
Stay collar from 18th centure, fully served
Model stay mouse:
Basic shape built up of wood;
Here is the tool to serve and make stay mouse.