Remember I received the lovely old shuttles from a woman named Mary? She had graciously responded to my request for old shuttles, as I often used to ask customers about what happened to the old, family shuttles, unused and tucked away.
I inherited Mary's and have now had the experience of using them, plus a Milward and an English Aero, that I won on eBay. You can see I am currently using one of Mary's, the bottom white one that has the thread attached.
The English Aero is the only old shuttles that I will keep - and it will not be used frequently, as you have seen what happened to the English shuttle's ill-fated German cousin.... but we won't speak of that unfortunate incident.
Since discovering tatting, I have tried many threads and shuttles and other bits and pieces of useful tatting paraphernalia and have slowly learned what works for me. The rest I have given away or traded as I am happy when things are happily used and appreciated.
The shuttles above I have held on to, as I did not want to be ungrateful; however, it is time for these old dears to move on.
So, if you are a collector and would like either (A) or (B) or both, leave me a message. If there are many responses I will have to have a draw. The cut-off date is Wednesday the 27th.