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Classic Treen Goose Wing Knitting Sheath, British, c1840
This is a most attractive typical goose wing knitting sheath of carved treen with a brass ring at the end which holds the small hole for a fine knitting needle. This style probably originated in the Yorkshire and Westmoreland Dales and this example has lovely curved, tactile carving on the main section with the top being concentrically turned. These knitting sheaths were tucked into the waistband and this example also has a notch which was possible for an apron string or cord for extra security. The use of a knitting sheath has a very long history and this tool apparently sped up the knitting process which was a common home craft for making socks etc. Examples such as this are included in Kay Sullivan’s book, “Needlework Tools and Accessories, A Dutch Tradition” and Nerylla Taunton’s book “Antique Needlework Tools and Embroideries” – and both books provide further details. The condition of this sheath is excellent for age and it would make a lovely addition to a collection of knitting accessories, needlework tools, treen or folk art. Length 8.75 ins (22.2cm). Weight 24 grams.
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