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Hooks and Eyes - Where to get good ones

Postby Bevis Gittens » Wed Jul 21, 2010 12:39 pm

Can people recommend/comment on suitable brass hooks and eyes for my Elizabethan hose/doublet.

A quick search has revealed to me:


The Tudor Tailor : http://www.tudortailor.com/hooksandeyesshop.shtml

Off TT website:

"These hooks and eyes are hand made in England by Juliet Griffin and they are the best! They are fashioned from brass wire, as was common in the 16th century, and are of the highest quality. They do not bend or become mis-shapen after prolonged use and the proportions are just right so that they stay in place once fastened. Perfect for fastening doublets, women's waistcoats, partlets and children's clothes.

The hooks measure approximately 1/2" (12mm) in length and the eyes approximately 3/8" (9mm). They are sold in packs of six pairs. "

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They are £12.00 for 6 (plus £2 P&P) - which seems a lot?

The other one I have found is Annie the Pedlar:

From Email advert she sent me

"HOOKS AND EYES

My hooks are brass and come

1/4" - like modern no. 2s,

the Ferran jester size - like modern no.3s

Eleanor of Toledo 1/2" (clonky)

all the above at 50p a pair

and 3/4" the Nigel originally made for his wife's cloaks

and a 3/4" Jamestown one with a weird twist to the eye

both 75p a pair

and Jaynes hooks 1" long with a ring instead of an eye at £1....or you can have a eye if you’d rather."

These seem a better price!

Has anyone bought off either of these? Are they value for money or does anyone one know of any other suppliers?


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Re: Hooks and Eyes - Where to get good ones

Postby John Waller » Wed Jul 21, 2010 1:15 pm

Annie's are fine. The key thing is to get them of the right size and gauge of wire for the job they have to do. Ask her if in doubt. Personally, I now make my own. Quite easy once you work out the technique and lengths of wire to use. Pair of cheap round nosed jewellery pliers and strips of brass wire from your local model shop and off you go. Simples!


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Re: Hooks and Eyes - Where to get good ones

Postby Shadowcat » Wed Jul 21, 2010 1:21 pm

I have never been disappointed in anything I've bought from Annie - she does all sorts of great bits and pieces for costume.

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Re: Hooks and Eyes - Where to get good ones

Postby Bevis Gittens » Wed Jul 21, 2010 2:04 pm

John Waller wrote:Annie's are fine. The key thing is to get them of the right size and gauge of wire for the job they have to do. Ask her if in doubt.


Thanks John, I will. :D

I need them to close my breeches at the knee - I have left a V' on the inside leg following the venetian pattern in 'The Tudor Tailor' - So I imagine they will have to be quite tough/large ones?

Thanks again

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Re: Hooks and Eyes - Where to get good ones

Postby lucy the tudor » Wed Jul 21, 2010 4:07 pm

I also do hooks and eyes, £2.50 a card, number on the card depends on the thickness of the wire and the size- stubby ones are 6 to a card, the ones the same size as Tudor Tailor's ( the same size as those on Eleanor of Toledo's frock in Janet Arnold's book, where I took the shape from too) are 5 to a card, bigger and thicker ones are 4 to a card.
Hand made and solid brass, of course.
If you want variation eg smaller but thicker brass for strength, you send me a size and I will make them to order at no extra charge - ie . priced to the nearest equivalent I make already.
Advert over, phew.
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Re: Hooks and Eyes - Where to get good ones

Postby Shadowcat » Wed Jul 21, 2010 4:13 pm

That's worth knowing Lucy - will keep you in mind for that too.

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Postby lucy the tudor » Wed Jul 21, 2010 4:19 pm

Shadowcat wrote:That's worth knowing Lucy - will keep you in mind for that too.

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Thanks 8-)


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