Thursday, February 13, 2014

buy a new one of Merchant

This turned up on the bare carpet in the front room a while back. I’m assuming that the boys knocked it out of a drawer of the treadle sewing machine (because the alternative is something out of the movie Poltergeist – remember the scene where the bits of jewelry rained down from the ceiling?)


The image and words are stamped and almost illegible:

in Combination Jan. 18, ‘10
Worn shuttle skips and 
Breaks thread. Buy a new one of Merchant who sold this tube. 
The Boye Needle Co.
CHICAGO,

I did a quick Google search on the phrase "worn shuttle skips and breaks thread" and it looks like these little needle cases are as common as dirt. But that doesn't stop me from liking mine, especially when it just turned up like a dandelion on the lawn!  Now the question is whether I should use it to store a couple of the needles I use for weaving in yarn and binding, or tuck it away where it'll be safe from loss and children for the next hundred years...

This post is linked to Vintage Thingie Thursday, Thriftasaurus, Share Your Cup, Ivy and Elephants, We Call it Olde, Savvy Southern Style

7 comments:

KaHolly said...

Kind of spooky!

Needled Mom said...

I think I would put it to good use.

Delana said...

It wants to be used. That's why it just appeared like it did. If you put it away, no telling where it might turn up next! o.o

LV said...

I have seen those a long time ago, but not recently.

Ruth Weston said...

Great needlecase. They are great collectibles. What stories they could tell!
Ruth

Jann Olson said...

Common huh? I would not have thought so. I love it and I think it just showing up is a sign that it wanted to be used! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Dar said...

I'm of the opinion too that it wants to be used. There is a company in Illinois that sells their hand quilting needles in a wooden tube too. It is said to keep moisture from forming inside and rusting the needles.

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