|Description: A loom shuttle that is boat type. The length of the wood has one straight side and one curved, which is slightly curved at the base and the top. The ends are pointed. A rectangle is hollowed out of the centre of the wood leaving the base intact. The curved side has a triangle cut in the middle of it and a hole at the opposite side. There is a notch with a nail in it and a small hole at the ends. It appears to be hand made. |
According to the "Oxford English Dictionary," the earliest use of the loom for weaving was during the 15th century. The shuttle, which stores weft yarn during the weaving process, is traditionally made of wood and passed by hand.
REF: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loom and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shuttle_%28weaving%29