Knitting gauges

Knitting gaugesKnitting needle gauges
made in England, 1940-50s

I am a knitter – and a collector – so naturally I have started to collect knitting needles gauges.

It’s sort of an amalgamation of my interests in the domestic arts- knitting- and technology. Here we have two aluminium gauges: the first is a bell gauge made by Emu, in England in the 1940s.

It’s a lovely anodised aluminium green: the Emu logo is a ball of wool with knitting needles for legs. It’s unusual in that it sizes needle gauges internally- rather than externally, which was the practice up to the 40s.

The second gauge is a ’D-shaped’ gauge by Stratnoid Aluminium – this being the brand name of Stratton & Co, Birmingham. The gauge is unusual in that it indicates imperial and metric sizes.

I have just discovered that collecting needle gauges is a thing: it’s not just me! I have collected a few since this image was taken….

The two gauges are for sale: $AU40

Knitting gauges

Knitting gaugesKnitting needle gauges
made in England, 1940-50s

I am a knitter – and a collector – so naturally I have started to collect knitting needles gauges.

It’s sort of an amalgamation of my interests in the domestic arts- knitting- and technology. Here we have two aluminium gauges: the first is a bell gauge made by Emu, in England in the 1940s.

It’s a lovely anodised aluminium green: the Emu logo is a ball of wool with knitting needles for legs. It’s unusual in that it sizes needle gauges internally- rather than externally, which was the practice up to the 40s.

The second gauge is a ’D-shaped’ gauge by Stratnoid Aluminium – this being the brand name of Stratton & Co, Birmingham. The gauge is unusual in that it indicates imperial and metric sizes.

I have just discovered that collecting needle gauges is a thing: it’s not just me!

The two gauges are for sale: $AU40

Vintage timber planes

Vintage timber planesVintage timber planes
P E Parkes, Birmingham, moulding planes, made in Birmingham England, c.1900
Rosewood boat & compass planes, c.1910

I grew interested in planes – and traditional wood working tools -when I took a carpentry course. The lovely old man who sold me the boat and compass planes had used them throughout his working life, and had inherited them from his father- also a carpenter. He believed the planes had come from England, as he said that his father would never have bought Australian tools. They are both smoothing planes, but have lost their blades and have some broken and split sections, so they are now decorative only.

The set of four moulding planes is a different story. These are still in working order, with their plate irons intact. These planes are made from beech, and stamped with P E Parkes, Warranted, Birm, and the previous owner has gone crazy stamping his own name -L Grant- over any surface wide enough to take those 6 letters! I purchased the set from at a vintage tool auction because I loved the colour of the timber, and the repetition of form when the planes are stacked up next to each other.

This set is for sale: $AUD110

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