Hundreds of brass hooks and eyes have
been found on many American east coast archeological sites. It is clear
that they were heavily used as a garment closure. Japanning is a
method of coating a surface with a mixture of oil and mineral pigment.
Originally, lampblack was used to get a black finish. Successive coats
of the varnish were heat-dried or polished to achieve the hard finish
and deep luster imitating more expensive lacquerware. It was employed
extensively in Europe from the mid 17th century onward, for items as large
as tentage, and as small as the hooks and eyes featured here, a large
size for heavy duty and military use. They are an inconspicuous means
to cock a hat.
#124-1125, Black Japanned Hook & Eye, 1 1/8" long hooked
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