mystery vintage handwork tool

June 28, 2009 at 10:33 pm (1)

123This is from Britain from a group of tools from  the 1800’s

It was sold with  wooden needles, bone crochet hooks & 2 pointy small tools-stilettos 

Have no idea what this could be..  The etchings are darkened with a reddish

color &  2 vaguely resemble hearts or a squid    

It would be the perfect size to hold a variety of different colored threads

but  that is only speculation on this mystery vintage tool- probably made for 

his sweetheart



  1. tina said,

    oooh can I have it?? I would use it as a necklace. maybe. inexchange, um, i’ll draw you a picture??

    • gulfcoastgal said,

      Ha Ha! uh thanks but nope Think I’ll keep it around
      Someone on Ravelry said they had seen a similar
      set sewn to a fancy corset as decoration
      Who would have thought…?…!!

  2. edamommy said,

    This might be way off base, but the first thing that comes to mind for me is bobbin lace making or tatting. I was a little girl the last time I saw it done, but this evokes memories of same, so perhaps it’s related? Or perhaps I’m just remembering seeing bobbins that looked like that….Anyway, just a thought. ^_^

    • gulfcoastgal said,

      Thanks there have been a lot of speculations on the Ravelry list as to what function these possibly could have served Among the contenders- bobbin lace , corset decor, floss or thread sorters I will look up and list all the thoughts Guess we may never know but someone put some work into these as they are really really pretty

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