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Vintage Tacks
January 21, 2021, 7:56 pm
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I love these vintage tacks and use them on special projects. I must have gotten them from a past chapter member’s stash, probably Mae V-D. The symbols may be Chinese and I wish I knew what it says. I tried a translate feature that I found online and ‘text ninety soldiers’ is what I get. There might have been 90 tacks in the container at one time but I only have 38 now. They hold up well (don’t bend upon carefully removing them) and I don’t see the wear on the heads like the newer tacks. Another, “They don’t make things like they used to.” example.

If anyone knows what the symbols are, please leave a comment!

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It’s possible that these are Japanese. I am not certain but look here-

Comment by chillyhollowneedlepointadventure

Yes, indeed. The shape of the container and the built in tack remover are the same. The difference is mine have markings and the others are all flat. I missed seeing your December post. Thanks for sharing.

Comment by melitastitches4fun

I think they are Japanese. I was introduced to them in the 1990’s by Joan Masterson. We were all so excited to be able to buy tacks for needlepoint and ones with a tack remover! Before then it was household tacks. I think I still have a few of them now.

Comment by suesci

Do yours have the same markings or flat like the ones Jane at Chilly Hollow shows in her December post?

Comment by melitastitches4fun

I have a current set of this type of tacks that I bought a year or so ago. Mine are not nearly as exciting as yours, though.

Comment by craftingwacky

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