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Back in the day, IOR boats had all kinds of wild sails and all kinds of sail names....some of these sails were great, others not so much. The sailmakers of the era were experimenting with a wide variety of specialized sails and the large crews of that era got pretty good at making on the fly sail changes.
Its hard to say what you have unearthed but there were all kinds of of spinnakers (cross cuts, radial head, cobra head, star cuts, triradial and so on, some were great reachers and other better down wind), then there were the infill sails like bloopers as already mentioned, as well as Daisy staysails which were low cut nylon genoas which filled in below the spinacker, windseekers which where high aspect ratio reaching sails used inside the spinnaker.
There were reachers (light-weight full-cut genoas) and drifters (very light-weight genoas which were sometimes flat-cut and sometimes full-cut but generally intended for light air racing).
Even pretty small IOR boats tended to carry very large sail inventories. My little S&S designed IOR quarter tonner carried (if I remember right) 170%, 155%, 135%, 115% and 90% genoas, storm jib, drifter, dazy staysail, star cut spinnacker and a radial head spinnaker. Eventually the rule changed so that anything over a 155% genoa went away and as standing sail plans got bigger, and foretriangles got smaller, the need for exotic sail inventories was greatly diminished as well.
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Curmudgeon at Large- and rhinestone in the rough, sailing my Farr 11.6 on the Chesapeake Bay