Monday, October 4, 2010

Antique Tatting Shuttles

Hello, Hello! Did you miss me??? I missed you! ;) Sorry I've been gone so long from blogland! I wish I had some exciting excuse like I've been in Europe and the Prince of Denmark kept me detained with very important business, but I've no such exciting news to tell you! How can I possibly make it up to you?


I'll show you my antique tatting shuttle collection!

These aren't just ANY tatting shuttles, you know!
Many of them are from the Victorian Era! :D

Well, there's no time like the present so let's get started! Shall we?

First, let me show you my
Sterling Silver
Enamel Tatting Shuttle

Isn't it a Beauty?
I am really lucky to have that one!
It's called a "Webster" because Webster was the
name of the Silversmith who made it.
He had his own special Silvermith stamp.
It's a "W" with a slash through it.
It's from the Victorian Era!


Next on the docket is another
tatting shuttle from the Victorian Era!
It's made of horn with shell inlay!

Pretty, aye? I think so!
This one hasn't arrived yet so I've stolen the pic
from the eBay seller!
Thanks, Fred! LOL! ;)


Okay, if you've been following my blog for awhile
you may have seen this one before.
I featured it in this post.
It has a colorful past.
Well, at least Lydia Pinkham's "Vegetable Compound" does, LOL!
You can read all about it in the previous post!

This is the other side of the Lydia Pinkham shuttle.
It is Celluloid.

It's always a good idea to store your
celluloid shuttles in a separate container from
your metal shuttles because celluloid gives off a
gas that tends to discolor metal shuttles!

This shuttle is from the early 1900's.


Here is another shuttle from the Victorian Era!
This is also another Webster shuttle!
It is sterling silver and if you look in the lower
left hand side you can see the word
"Sterling" stamped on the shuttle.
Also Webster stamped his "W" with a slash
Silversmith stamp on the front on this shuttle.
It's on the top left on this one.

This one has a wreath of holly leaves around the engraved area.
It has an engraved "S" on it.
It is hard to find old shuttles without an engraved initial on it
these days! I think they just add to the charm! ;)


Now, here's another very rare shuttle from
the Victorian Era!
What makes it so rare?
Well, it's tortoise shell.
No, I don't mean the plastic tortoise shell
you see all over the's real tortoise shell.
You see, in the Victorian Era "Tortoise Shell" was
very popular! Tatting shuttles made of this substance were
not uncommon, but they are rare now, and just as well, because I
love animals...especially tortoises and turtles! But this was a
rare and special find and I've always wanted one.

This one came from the UK.
I like how the light shines through it!
I wish you could see it in person.
It's very flexible!


The next shuttle is one that was very common
from the Victorian Era!
Many girls who inherit shuttles from their
ancestors from that time usually inherit this type of shuttle.
It's a bone shuttle!

People from that Era seemed to use every part of their
animals and didn't let anything go to waste....not even the bone.
So here we have a bone tatting shuttle!
Many items were made from bone, it was not uncommon.


Well, that's the end of my show and tell! Thanks for letting me share with you! I hope you're not in shock from hearing from me after so long! How long has it been? Easter? Tee hee! I promise not to make you wait so long before I post again! Sooooo, what's so special about the Victorian Era? I mean why so much emphasis on my collecting shuttles from that Era? Well, other than the fact that it's really old...yes, the late 1800's. What' makes tatting shuttles from this era so special to me is the fact that this is when tatting first had it's heyday! It is when tatting first became popularized! So there you have it! That's why I have an emphasis on collecting antique tatting shuttles from the Victorian Era!
What do you think of them? Be sure and let me know in the comments! You KNOW I love comments, right? Well, if you don't know that...don't be shy! Leave a comment because I LOVE comments and I'd love to know what you think! Oh, and by the way, no, they are not for sale, LOL! Just in case you were wondering! ;)


48 absolutely fabulous things were said:

csipkelelkű said...

Hi, TattingChic! I missed you so much, good to see you again!
You have an extraordinary collection of shuttles, congratulations!

❦TattingChic said...

Hi there! I've missed you, too! Thanks so much for stopping by! :D
~TattingChic ♥

umintsuru said...

You have been missed in blogland. Welcome back TattingChic. Love your shuttle collection. My favourite is the first one. Which one is your favourite?

❦TattingChic said...

The Webster Enamel one(first one) is my absolute hands down favorite one too! :D
Good to see you! Give Umi n Tsuru a pet and a treat from Aunty TattingChic! ;D
(((hugs)))! :D

LiLi M. said...

Great to see that you are back with a beautiful post! I love all your antique shuttles! Have a great week and enjoy all comments!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi TattingChic,

You have been missed dear friend and so lovely to see you back and to hear from you.
Thank you for showing us your beautiful collection of shuttles.
Hope all is well with you and that you have a happy week.


Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

Your shuttles are beautiful! My favorite is the enameled one. I put a bid on the inlay one, but I found something that I wanted more. I'm glad you won it!

TypsTatting said...

Hi Glad to see that you are back and I totally adore your Victorian Shuttles!

Margie said...

wow! they are wOnDeRfUl!!! My favorites are the first 2! I didn't think they were for sale, but I was hoping you were giving one away! hehehe! (just kidding!)

I'm just getting back into blogging again myself, after a long absence! I was wondering about you though!

Miranda said...

I missed you! Those shuttles are so gorgeous, especially the Webster enamel. I have a few antique shuttles, but none in such nice condition... I can't afford those. :) So I'll just admire them from afar. Post again soon, wouldja!

Anonymous said...

Good to hear from you again. you have a lovely collection.

Vintage Sandy said...'ve been missed "WELCOME BACK" missed seeing all your lovely tatting creations you must have some to show us and your shuttles are beautiful

vintage girl at heart said...

Welcome Back!!!
I love them all and love that you alsways share a little of the shuttle history with us!!!
Blessings and don't be a stranger for sooo long this time!!!

Fox said...

WooHoo! She's back! One of my very first BIG influences in TAT-Land!

So good to see your post, Chiclet, AND, of course, that fabbo collection of shuttles. Very impressive!

♥ Fox : )

Martha said...

Welcome back to blogland. I was getting a little worried about you. All the pictures are lovely. You are so lucky to have them all.

Barb said...

I have missed you SO MUCH!
I have about 2 seconds to stay online but when i saw your sweet name, i just had to stop!

Take good care my friend.

big hugs,

Tatfully Yours said...

Beautiful shuttles!!! Does this mean that I can stop worrying about you, now that you are back!?!

Aarti Badamikar said...

lovely lovely!

Beelizabeth said...

I'm so glad to see you back! I was getting worried about you. I used your blog as the jumping off point for catching up with the tatting world each day, but I stopped being able to show your entire list and so had to start somewhere else. Now I can come back.

Margarets designer cards said...

Hi welcome back to blogland, I thought you had disappeared into space as you had been gone so long. I love your shuttle collection nice to have a look at yours. Anyway nice to see you back and hope you will be posting a bit more often in future. Margaret

Bella Sinclair said...

Hello, hello, hello! So WONDERFUL to see you again! I hope you told the Prince of Denmark hello for me. :)

My goodness, these are gorgeous shuttles! That is quite a collection. They are all so different, too. I can imagine all the hands that must have held them, and all the lace they have created. Do you use them at all? Or are they only for admiring?

Hugs galore!

tattrldy said...

Wow, that's some collection! You are a very lucky person to have such wonderful shuttles. I saw you listed on the recently updated blogs and just had to pop over and 'see' you - I always love reading your posts. Thanks for sharing your Victorian era shuttle collection with us.

Tattips said...

Hi Chic! You have been gone for very long...seems ages. Its nice to have you back in blogland with your superb collection of antique shuttles. I consider the first one the prettiest!

Crazy Mom Tats! said...

I'm so glad you've re-surfaced! It's nice to have you back with the rest of blogland. Don't leave!

our shabby cottage said...

Well, you learn something everyday! I love your collection especially the first one. Great to have you back too!

snowy said...

Those are amazing shuttles, and I am glad they are gathered in a place where they are appreciated and we can share their beauty.
I always look out for shuttles at antique fairs and suchlike, but have never seen any to compare.

God's Kid said...

Neat collection, you have some really beautiful shuttles there! :)

Anonymous said...

So glad to see you are back!! You have been missed :) I love your shuttle collection! they are all so lovely but I like the first one best!!

Sally Kerson said...

Good to see you back Tatting Chic. I was watching that black shuttle on e.bay so pleased it went to a good home.

Old Jail Artist said...

Great to see you back! I like all your shuttles!

Fete et Fleur said...

These are truly beautiful! Thank you for the well wishes. It's nice to be better.


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OMG THOSE ARE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SHUTTLES I HAVE EVER SEEN! I didn't even know that they came so elaborate! MOmma had a plain and simple metal one. SO GOOD TO SEE YOU! IN EUROPE, HEY????? AWESOME! Thank you so much for coming on over....get those boots kickin'.....Anita

Marie Antionette said...

Dear Friend ...I missed you so. I was away all summer too.Thank you for stoping by to say hello and such a sweet comment.I am so glad you and I are back.Well I'm in and out right now,but I will put up a post when I can.

The Victorian shuttles are just stunning.I love the black one with the enlay.Its breath taking. I do love them all though...LOL.
A wonderful post.
May God be with you Dear,
XXOO Marie Antionette

Anonymous said...


What a comeback!

xox Judy B

Florence and Mary said...

Welcome back you have been missed!!

Your collection is lovely and it's so nice to have a collection from a craft you are doing today,

Victoria xx

Tatskool said...

Welcome back, really, really, really missed you.
I like the enammelled webster too, that is a real gem.
Hope you are doing some tatting!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your fantastic collection of shuttles. It was so good to see your blog update.

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Tatting Chic,
I have missed you so much and it is wonderful to see you again and your stunning shuttle collection.

Oh I love the black one with the inlay and the silver with the S is gorgeous. Each one is special and you sure have a special selection.

Thank you for sharing them with us. Now don't stay away too long. We all miss you when you are away.

Hugs, Celestina Marie

Jeff Hamilton said...

Hey Chiclet! Of course we've missed you. Nice to see you posting again. Very pretty shuttles. I don't own any that would qualify as being antique.


shannon_in_love said...

hello, saw your comment on my blog, i already go to your website... and not when i am bored...give yourself more credit! the top shuttle is my favorite... and then the bone one...i like that its not all super decorated.

yarnplayer said...

Your shuttles are so beautiful! My favorite is the first one, the Webster. It looks like something royalty would own - well, naturally, you are blogland royalty yourself, TattingChic! Thank you for showing us your collection :-)

Ces said...

Wow! You are back and with a fabulous collection. Oh did you bring a great dane back with you?

Linda S Davies said...

Oh! I definitely missed you and I am so glad that you are BACK!!!
Your shuttles are absolutely beautiful, a real treasure.
I'm glad you like my new doily, I will be putting the pattern out (free of course) as soon as I have finished it.

Draffin Bears said...

Thanks for visiting me TattingChic,
and love your collection of antique shuttles.
Hope all is well with you and that you are having a great week


Twyla and Lindsey said...

Hi! So happy to see you here again! And leaving us comments:) Your collection of antique shuttles is beautiful. Makes me want to collect them and I don't even tat! They are amazing and I love that they are from the Vicorian era. I am particularly fond of that era myself. I love finding things from the 1800's. Hope you are doing well. I think of you often. Have a nice week! Twyla

Art by JoyMac said...

I have really missed you and am sooooo pleased that you are back...I adore your Victorian shuttles they are simply gorgeous...
Hugs Love and God bless
Joy in OZ

Kitty Honeybee said...

Super lindas las navetas, los tejidos deben quedar mucho más lindos con una de esas ¿cierto? ;)

Sirena Sea said...

Hi TattingChic, I really enjoyed going through your blog, you have wonderful tatting work and I love that enamel shuttle with flowers design :) I recently started a blog dedicated to my grandma and her tatting work, I haven't yet uploaded any pictures of her work yet, but I have posted some pictures of my shuttle collection, hope you come and visit.