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« on: March 11, 2007 01:36:24 PM »

My mother found these odd needles and things in a drawer.  She gave them to me. 

Some of the needles are flat on the end.  One needle has 2 eyes and a stumpy end. 

Then there are these other strange gadgets.  The wire is removeable and adjustable.  It can go into any of those holes.  There is an eye hole at the end.

The one on the bottom has a sharp, pointy end.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. 
Most of them are stamped  "ENGLAND" or "BRIT-ZONE GERMANY".

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« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2007 01:45:41 PM »

This is just a guess but from what I've seen the needles look like they're used for leather work, as do the tools pictured below.

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« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2007 02:36:39 PM »

And I'm going to guess they are all upholstering tools and needles.

« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2007 03:40:51 PM »

yeah, by what i can see, they are mostly all for leather work, neat find!

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« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2007 04:12:36 PM »

Hmmm...I was going to guess that they were for sail making (the canvas kind)...

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« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2007 04:58:44 PM »

let me take a guess...

the last one with the pointy end is called an awl, the two above it do look like a leather punch tool for punching leather lacing through.

the needles look like those used for knitting, when you need to sew two parts together.

the really long needles look like the ones I use in doll making to attach arms together through the body.

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« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2007 05:15:20 PM »

The bottom one with the wooden handle is definetly an awl. These look like things for upholstry and/or leather.. perhaps saddle making?
The two tools above the awl also look like awls, but while the bottom one seem to be for less flexible things (wood, hard cartonlike stuff..) the ones above do look more like leather tools. Are they angular with a sharp tip, or perhaps they have a hollow center? Because that's common for tools made to pierce leather.

I think the bigger needles are called carpenders' needles, but I could be way off. Meant to work in very hard, sturdy, rough stuff, or through stuffing so you need them to be long...

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« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2007 10:45:34 PM »

Brit Zone were a famous toy train and car maker in germany until wwii.

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