Boxwood knitting sheath and weaver's bone dibber
A nineteenth century or earlier, Scottish carved boxwood 'fiddlestick' knitting sheaf bearing the initials S + Mo and carved throughout. The knitting sheath was employed to release the fingers of the right hand for 'throwing' the worsted, and also support the weight of the knitted material. When not in use the sheath was tucked under the right armpit. Knitting sheaths were pierced to a depth of between one and two inches to hold the bow-shaped needles then in use. Similarly to love spoons, knitting sheaths were often presented to sweethearts as love tokens and the initials on this example almost certainly refer to two lovers. 6½" (16.5 cm) c.f. Pinto "Treen" plate 322
Also a carved mutton(?) bone weaver's dibber with the initials MAM used to push the weft more tightly into the warp. It has a wonderful polished patina. 4½" (11 cm)
The two items turned up together and the dibber is not worth a great fortune on its own so it seems a shame to split them after they have obviously been companions for such a long time!
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