textile tool id

beanmommaMay 13, 2010

Hello,

I'm curious as to what these could be. A little background -my grandfather used to own a textile mill. Lots of odd bits of looms and other oddities in the basement. These were found all together, without any other sorts of tools. There were originally about 10 of them, but some were given away. They look like bone or ivory.

Any ideas?

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lindac

I would guess a bone awl...used in leather craft....can't think they would have much to do with a commercial operation.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2010 at 11:13AM
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harebelle

Probably more to do with weaving than with poking holes. Perhaps for blocking fabrics or pegging into shape before or after fulling.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2010 at 1:02PM
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pris

Could it be a more recent version of pin-beaters used in pushing down the logitudinal threads in weaving?

    Bookmark   May 13, 2010 at 5:34PM
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calliope

They look like bone stilettos. These were used to to insert eyelets.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2010 at 9:34PM
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Ideefixe

Could they be bobbins?

Here is a link that might be useful: Wooden Bobbins

    Bookmark   May 13, 2010 at 11:02PM
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beanmomma

Thank you for the wonderful help and suggestions.

I think I'm leaning toward the bone stiletto or bodkin.

Much appreciated!

    Bookmark   May 13, 2010 at 11:41PM
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lindac

It's not a bodkin, because there is no way to use it to thread something.
I think Calliope's analysis is the most apt.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 11:00AM
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beanmomma

Thanks lindac. There are a few definitions of bodkin that are akin to the stiletto definition, no eye or threading as the primary function. Just a slender pointed tool used to make holes.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 11:35AM
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lindac

It's not a bodkin, because there is no way to use it to thread something.
I think Calliope's analysis is the most apt.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 12:23PM
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beanmomma

You have been most helpful.

I am not disagreeing with Calliope's analysis, just adding an additional term that I have discovered may be, in some cases, interchangeable.

Main Entry: bod·kin
Pronunciation: \Ëbäd-kÉn\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English bodekin
Date: 14th century

1 a : dagger, stiletto b : a sharp slender instrument for making holes in cloth c : an ornamental hairpin shaped like a stiletto
2 : a blunt needle with a large eye for drawing tape or ribbon through a loop or hem

    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 12:29PM
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centralcacyclist

I have another guess. Just a guess. Perhaps they are fids. A sailor's tool use for splicing rope. Old ones were often made from ivory or bone. The size looks right.

Here is a link that might be useful: Fids

    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 12:53PM
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icatzaz1

They look really cool, whatever they are.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 4:19PM
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