NO-ONE managed to identify last week's Craven Curiosity.

It was, in fact, a set of crochet hooks.

Experts at Craven Museum and Gallery tell us: "Crochet hooks are used to make loops in a thread or yarn of wool. This makes it easier to pull a loop back through the material.

"This particular set includes a small engraved case in which to put the hooks. It is made of rusted metal and is dated December 6, 1873. This is one of the earlier examples of a crochet hook and appeared as an individual form of textile art during this period.

"The measurements of the crochet hook (including the casing) are 100mm in width by 25mm in diameter."

All items featured in this column can be viewed at the Craven District Council-run museum which is located at Skipton Town Hall. It is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

Meanwhile, we are inviting guesses about this week’s mystery object. Suggestions can be emailed to, to arrive no later than noon on Monday.