I can not figure out what this item is.......Any help would be appreciated

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09-04-2013 07:27 AM

Any help ID’ing this would be appreciated

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#1 posted 09-04-2013 07:52 AM

Looks like a loom shuttle.

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#2 posted 09-04-2013 08:11 AM

I was thinking the same as renners!

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#3 posted 09-04-2013 09:25 AM

A loom shuttle would be my guess also.

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#4 posted 09-04-2013 09:29 AM


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#5 posted 09-04-2013 10:18 AM

Appears to be a shuttle from a Jacquard loom I once saw during a tour of Burlington Industries in North Carolina.

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#6 posted 09-04-2013 12:49 PM

Replica of Viking beard shaver/sword sharpener combination tool (late model with spring action).

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#7 posted 09-04-2013 12:51 PM

Yes, it is an old shuttle for weaving, not just jacquard. It holds spools of weft thread that is used to create fabric. The flat (metal?) piece that flips up, is used to hold the spool in the shuttle, there should be a slot or hole for the thread to come out of to be wound off while weaving. Maybe it is where the tassel of thread is in the picture? This type is called a boat shuttle.

i have loads of these, but never seen one with this design. Usually they have a round pin that the spool of thread slides over to secure it in the shuttle. I am assuming that the metal part that flips up and down serves the same purpose of holding the spool in the shuttle. The spring at the tip would be to tension the thread so that it doesn’t roll off too quickly but isn’t tugged back either.

(Why yes, I am a weaver).

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#8 posted 09-04-2013 02:32 PM

Well…....I guess that clears that up…...Cause I didn’t have a clue…..I don’t weave……!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#9 posted 09-04-2013 02:41 PM

Wow, I had no idea what it was but now that I’m looking at pics of other loom shuttles that’s definitely what it seems to be.

I appreciate the responses very much.

I actually bought this at my local thrift store because it seemed to be interesting. I was just not having any luck figuring out what it was.

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#10 posted 09-04-2013 05:30 PM

redSLED While I will defer to your expertise in all of these “whatzit” threads…. A viking man would never shave a beard…. so this is obviously the celtic version of said combo tool, or a possibly viking combination womens makeup kit/beard shaver.

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#11 posted 09-04-2013 06:03 PM

joey, in redSLED’s defense, he never said it was the male Vikings shaving their beards.

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#12 posted 09-04-2013 07:07 PM

I used to weave a lot…. but as I got old I began to weave less and less until now I only have a drink about once a month :)

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#13 posted 09-04-2013 07:38 PM

JayT Good defense…. I missed that… my apologies red you remain the expert!!

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#14 posted 09-04-2013 11:06 PM

Fiddlebanshee, I don’t believe this type shuttle is made to carry a spool. I believe the end of the thread is pinched into the shuttle and the spool is mounted on the loom. It looks like the shuttles that were used at Beavertown Mills before they closed.

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#15 posted 09-05-2013 04:05 AM

...and this is a LOON shuttle.

-- I'm a twisted 2x4 in a pile of straight lumber.

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