Copper Harbor Lighthouse

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

What is it? Wednesday

I have an object to show you today. Let's see if you can figure out what it is. I'll give you some hints along the way.

It's made of wood with a removable metal band.

It doesn't make any noise when you shake it.

The metal band says that it was patented on Dec. 18, 1900.

The next photo gives you a better idea of the size of the object.

Do you need a few more hints?


It was usually used by women.


It belonged to my great, great grandmother.


What is it?




If you guessed an antique wooden sock darner, you got it!

As you may know, people didn't always purchase socks by the 6-pack or 12-pack at the store. More often than not, your mother or grandmother knitted your socks. Plus, you didn't throw away socks when they had holes in them. They were repaired instead. The metal band on this particular darner held the sock in place while it was being repaired. Sock darners came in many shapes and finishes - plain to very fancy - sturdy to delicate - often made from wood or glass - and were also sometimes used to help repair holes in other pieces of clothing. 

I'm thinking about the possibility of doing more "What is it? Wednesday" posts occasionally, so you may see this title pop up again in the future.

All is well in the Keweenaw.

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