Wooden Handy Darner, Unusual Egg Shaped with Needle Case, Dispenses Five Different Sized Needles
Description: An antique hard wood darner having a built in needle case capable of storing five different size needles and dispensing them. The darner has a top having a hole it, which screws to the body or the darner. When you unscrew the top you reveal five different size holes which would hold needles in them. Once you screw the top back on you can line an "O" with the number representing the needle size you need and it will drop through the hole on top. Pretty interesting and unusual. The piece is entirely made of a hard wood and is lacquered on the outside. It is stamped with the brand name on the front ands has instruction on how to dispense needles on the back. It also has the sizes of needles just below the turning top. The piece looks great and works great. The front is marked "Handy Darner and Needle Case" There is also some writing which is worn out and we cannot make it out. There is also an oval with the word HANOV and NEWARK, which we assume followed by New Jersey but is worn out too. The back details how to get a needle "Directions: To get needles out, turn zero mark to number desired." At the top is a series of numbers from 4 to 8, along with the word Shut. There’s a screw on the top to open the top and which allows the top to turn around. This piece was purchased as part of a collection of eggs from an estate auction in Southeastern Pennsylvania. This egg happens to be number 413 in the collection. Please Carefully review the photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Uncertain but most likely late 19th century or early 20th century
Origin: Made in the USA and purchase at an estate sale in Southeastern Pennsylvania
Size: It measures 2 3/4” long and about 1 3/4" in diameter at its widest.
Condition: The darner is in very good condition with no breaks or repairs. It does have wear commensurate with it age and utilitarian function. There is a small spot which has a natural defect in the wood which can be seen in the 5th photo.