The ones on the bottom, I am trying to find out about, right now. They look like the Ross hooks, but they have a patent applied for printed on them instead of an actual patent number. If they are prior to that, they are over a hundred and thirty years old. There are only two or three sizes, but there are two or three of each one. They came in the pretty lacquer box. They came from right here in Missouri.
I love learning about the history of crochet almost as much as doing it, I suppose eventually I will get tired of looking for hooks and settle down to use what I have, I always do, I like to use the old hooks for things, but I'll be honest, some of the older hooks are much harder to work with than our modern hooks, its hard to believe some of the beautiful things women used to make with the older ones, they are hard to hold, but look very pretty and dainty in the hand. It could be that we are just plain spoiled today because what we have to work with is just so easy to use. Here is another photo of some of the newer hooks, these were acquired before this last group was.
I do think I am about collected out though, I didn't want a lot of each, just one tow representatives of each kind of hook. I did enjoy getting them and cleaning and repairing some of them so they are now usable. The last photo of hooks I'm going to post is some of the ones I've had for a while. If anyone knows anything about some of these hooks leave a comment, information on some of these is very hard to come by, and I've been working on it for weeks. These are the ones for the most part I posted before.
Other than the hooks, my time has been spent making an Etui for sewing, I looked at all the ones on Ebay and the antique shops and wound up making my own, I wanted a place to store my vintage brass sewing tools and now I have one. It is also large enough and has a compartment for my antique crochet hooks. I still need to tweak it a bit to make it right but that won't take a lot of work. Anyway, maybe if I get a chance I'll post a picture of it later.
Have a nice week.