Do you know what these tools are for and how they are used? These are items I have recently come across...beautifully made, I must say, but mysterious to me. I have tried to find out what exactly they are for...to no avail. So, figuring someone out there is smarter than me about such things....I am asking...DO YOU KNOW?
Tool #1 is, I believe, some kind of needle.....it's big and I'm wondering if it is used for some kind of fish net weaving? It is a beautiful piece of wood, smooth as can be and that definitely is a big eye, so what do you think? I found this tool in a box of sewing 'stuff' at the flea market.
Tool #2, I do believe, has something to do with knitting....but I've searched and cannot find out a thing about it. There was a bunch of sewing thread wrapped haphazardly around that spool looking thing, but I removed it as as to get a better look at it. Any ideas about this one?
Here's a closer look.....ring any bells? You can turn the 'spool' by that little 'handle' sticking up top there. This tool belongs to my friend Jim. I was sure I could find out what it was and would love to be able to tell him what it actually is.
Tool #3 is the most mysterious of all. I'm totally clueless. My friend, Laverne, invited me some time back to see if I wanted anything from her parents estate sale...she had put this back for me thinking I would like it. I sure did, even though, like I said, I was clueless as to what it is. It is beautifully made and I believe just a part of some bigger apparatus. As you can see, there is a slot at the top for thread of some kind, a bobbin for thread in the middle, and all those wooden gears to make it 'go.' (By the way, in a post last year, if you saw my wonderful vintage green 'blackboard' now in my studio, it belonged to Laverne's Dad and has become one of my favorite possessions!!)
The 'handle' moves back and forth very smoothly....it was fastened, evidently, to something else, as there are all those screw holes.
Notice that little lever which seems to act as some kind of 'stop' when the thread on that long thin piece runs out. There are also two little eyelets (blue) up at the inside top of the 'handle.' I don't think it's a handle, but it is shaped like one.
UPDATE!!! HERE IS THE LATEST ON THESE VINTAGE TOOLS: I am happy to report feedback about the use of these tools has come in and I thought you'd want to know the latest.
Seems #1, the needle, was used to make fish nets and also HAMMOCKS. How interesting...and pretty close to what we thought, isn't it? #2, the thing that looks kind of like a fishing pole, has been revealed to be used as a 'holder' for kite string and can be reeled in an out as you need more line. I loved that whole idea. #3, the real 'mystery' item - it turns out - is a part of a specific loom apparatus that made hatbands, ribbons and labels in a factory. I'm amazed to find that out. So, there you are...information asked for and received. Just how cool is this blogging thing?