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I collect textile production/embellishment tools and related items, with particular emphasis on aprons meant to be worn with doing needlework, items related to the WW I & II Workbasket Campaign (mostly knitting & sewing, a little crochet), sewing machine stitch-sample advertising mini-aprons, spool knaves, crochet/knitting gauges, unusual embroidery hoops, and unusual or exotic crochet hooks.
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Figural Crochet Hooks & Information on Identifying Ivory & Bone with Overview of US trade laws related to Worked Elephant Ivory

From the Victorian era (starting in1837) into the early 20th century highly decorative crochet hooks were fashionable. They were made of, or decorated with, a variety of exotic materials. Figural crochet hooks from that era were particularly desirable and usually were made of bone or elephant ivory..



ANTIQUE FIGURAL CROCHET HOOKS: Top) Carved ivory closed umbrella with Stanhope & celluloid hook, handle unscrews to reveal hollow area for… Continue

Posted on April 23, 2010 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

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At 12:37am on April 5, 2011, joli jewels said…

Hi Karen,

thank you for the friendship,I love your site!

At 4:05am on January 26, 2010, vintagerecycling said…
hi karen:) the aprons i was looking at earlier were those little sample aprons....i think i may have one somewhere here but i wasn't sure what it was....:) i have a few of sewing theme cards right now
http://bit.ly/sewingbasketcard
http://bit.ly/sewcard
http://bit.ly/tailorcard

here's a cutie with apron wearing bears:)
http://bit.ly/aproncard
At 10:05pm on December 20, 2009, Luv2LuvAntiques said…
Karen...thank you again for all your time and trouble! It is much appreciated!
Take care, Diane :O)
At 5:26pm on December 20, 2009, Luv2LuvAntiques said…
Hi Karen! I've just gotten on since the 15th! We've had our computer break twice. The first time our son put in a spare video card, and it ran for awhile, but this time it died! We bought a new PC at Best Buy yesterday, on the good ol' interest free payment plan!
Our son has to put all of our desktop stuff from the old hard drive on this one, and set up email, so I can only get online so far. I don't think I can fix my page here yet, until he's done that. My twitter connection is not showing and I don't know why. Oh, well...
Thanks so much for checking the spool again! As soon as I get all my desktop stuff back, I'll change the description on the spool. Take care, Diane
At 10:03am on December 15, 2009, Luv2LuvAntiques said…
Hi Karen!
This is an excerpt from the description in my listing of the wooden spool, at www.vintagecountrycottage.com
(this antique wooden weaving machine spool, really is
a unique find! It measures 9 3/4" tall x 5" diameter across each of the ends. It has a hollowed out piece in the
center, and there are a few flat head nails on one end. There is a very nice patina to the wood, and two little
indentations in the wood at one end (which is most probably where it had fit onto the weaving machine). It most
probably dates from the 1930's or earlier.)
It looks to me that the inside piece is wooden also. There are metal rims around the edges of each end that are hand pounded, and metal nails on the one end. Please let me know if you find out anything else.
Take care, Diane Mc :O)







At 2:57pm on November 26, 2009, Luv2LuvAntiques said…
Hi Karen! I luv your photos, especially of the WWII displays! :O)
At 2:30pm on November 20, 2009, Luv2LuvAntiques said…
Hi Karen! I haven't been on my ning sites as much as I'd like to lately, and missed answering messages last time. I've listed the weaving machine spool at my website:
www.vintagecountrycottage.com
if you'd like to take a look. Take care, Diane :O)
At 5:53pm on October 1, 2009, Luv2LuvAntiques said…
Hi Karen! I saw that you joined my vintage linens group. I've been away out of the country for a funeral.
I found an vintage weaving machine spool at a local estate sale a couple of weeks ago. I don't think it is antique...100 years old...maybe 1930s? I am going to list it on my website. Do you have any idea about those, as to age and value? Take care, Diane
At 9:04pm on September 28, 2009, Michelle Bradley said…
first how do i send a message and second do u kn another that helps out with old collectors plates from 1890-1920
 
 
 

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