Manufacturer: Unknown; C1860 - 1880 (US Civil War Era)
Type of Hook: possible wedding gift; handcarved out of shinbone
Own/Covet: Own (blogged about it here.)
On the Hook: Nothing at the moment.
What I love about the hook: I love the potential history -- it is hand carved, stained with navy blue ink, and has jingly-rings at the end of the hook (a feat hard to do, as I understand it). Because the hook is so ornate, and carved out of cow shin bone, it is very possible it was either a wedding gift or a hook belonging to a wealthy crocheter. I received this hook as a gift from my brother-in-law, Fred, who obtained it at a flea market. This is not a mass-produced hook.
This hook has been featured in Piecework magazine, and in Crochet Traditions magazine.