20 August 2015

Another of the shuttles


This is one of the shuttles in the lot I won on Ebay recently. I'm not sure if it's ivory or bone but think it's more likely bone. 

The two ends on the middle picture look as if they've had part of the surface scraped off but they're actually very, very smooth. No idea what this means but perhaps one of our experts will be able to tell me.

All I know is that it's a lovely shuttle.  



5 comments:

  1. I like the weight of bone for tatting. Looks like a great fine!

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  2. Is it possible it's just well worn from 'thread'?? Lots of use maybe??

    That's my ten-pennorth anyway! And for those that don't understand that statement.... it's basically from the Victorian era... anything you could buy for 'ten pennies' or 'ten pennys worth'... and has been widely used here in the UK to describe a statement of worth!!! VBG

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  3. Nice shuttle! The test is to use a hot pin and burn a small inconspicuous dot. if it smells like burnt hair, it is bone, true ivory cannot be burnt. Mine had a little burn mark on the inner blade so I know it had been tested already. Bone shuttles do have a great weight.

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    1. Wow, what a useful tip, Bernice. Thanks. Will try that later.

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  4. No matter what the material is, it is a beautiful shuttle!

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