Late in the ‘90s, or maybe in the early ‘00s, I learned about Aero shuttles.Now, these were the German-made shuttles, but they were still better than the metal shuttles with the metal bobbins I had been using, so I bought one…or two…several.They were great! …that is, until the bobbin and the notch inside the shuttle stopped playing nicely together; then the bobbin would free-wheel, and that was aggravating.
Then I learned that the German Aero shuttles were not the originals – they were copies.The originals had been made in England, and rumor had it that they were superior to the German versions.I started looking on auction sites and finally found one – at least I was pretty sure it might be one.The seller was really selling a quantity of thread, and was “throwing in” this old grey shuttle marked “Alko – England.”Alko?I was pretty sure the seller was misreading “Aero,” so I put in a bid.I was the only bidder, so I won.Sure enough, when the package arrived, it was an Aero – England shuttle.Then I bought some later Aero shuttles (still made in England) from Jane Eborall, and on occasion would win another of the older Aero shuttles.Then came this find:
It’s a metal Aero.I found a wonderful book on tatting shuttles by Pam Palmer (which deals with European shuttles primarily – it’s a great addition to your tatting library, and an excellent companion piece to Heidi Nakayama’s book Tatting Shuttles of American Collectors.) which discusses all the various Aero shuttles.This one is indeed an English Aero made of metal – and it has a pick tip; Palmer states that this particular model was aimed at the American market.It is a post shuttle; here is a side view that shows the post: It’s very lightweight and I enjoy using it.
I have more shuttles to show you, but it's been a rough couple of weeks (hopefully this will be the last couple of days I have to take medication for my back) and it's time for me to say goodnight. Have a wonderful day!