Boye hooks

Crochet Patterns

Here's some useful information that I received from the Boye Needle Company. It helps a hook collector date the Boye hooks.

Boye History as provided by Sylvia Ourada -July 7, 1997
Company's registered trademark is "WORLD'S STANDARD OF QUALITY"

Answers to initial questions:
-Boye never made a hook out of real bone, always a type of plastic.
-1906 Company founded in Chicago, IL
-1906 Rotary Case
-1909 Moved into present location in Chicago, IL
-1917 introduced the first complete line of steel crochet hooks made in America. sold for 5c each sizes #1 to #14
-1917 Introduced knitting needles
-1921 Introduced sewing needles
-1922 Introduced 9" steel = sizes C, D, E sold for $1.02/doz.
-1923 August -- Sizes G and J first sold to the trade? for $2.40/doz.
-1923 October -- Interchangeable crochet hooks and handles first sold to the trade.
-1923 Introduced 9" Nickel Plated Aluminum Hooks = sizes F,G,H,I,J sold for $1.80/doz.
-1935 Plastic hooks introduced
-1939 Oct 23 9" Red Birchwood crochet hooks sz 10, 13, 14, & 15 sold for 66c/doz.
-Shortie hooks originally may have had a wooden handle on it. Stopped producing these possibly 1972???
-1985 Balene introduced and has since then been discontinued.

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Some history of the various products:

-1924 July -- Interchangeable "cabinet assortment" first sold, following itemizing:
"Boye" Interchangeable Crochet Hook Cabinet Proposition.
14 Cel. Handles & Hooks    Ea.    23c    $3.22
22 Cel. Handles & Hooks Ea.    15c    $3.30
1 Gross Hooks        Ea.     8c    $11.52
Interchageable Cabinet Loaned:    $18.04
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-1924 August Sizes C and E first sold to the trade? for $1.10/doz.
-1924 November --Introduced #15 sold for 96c/doz.
-1924 December -- Introduced sizes #00 and #0 sold 60c or 69c/doz.
-1925 February -- Flats changed to read "Made in U.S.A. and "14 Boye 14" on reverse side.
-1926 January -- Size K aluminum double end hook first sold to the trade for .35/ea or $4.25/doz. Discontinued May 19, 1931.
-1926 March -- Introduced G 6" steel hook for 75c/doz.
-1926 November -- Introduced I  steel hook for 96c/doz.
-1926 Introduced embroidery hoops
-1928 First sold K to the trade for $2.40/doz.
-1930 Introduced rug punch needles
-1932 May -- Changed to lacquered aluminum for chain stores.
-1932 Introduced pynch embroidery needles
-1932 Imported circular knitting needles
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-1932 October 3 -- Special sample assortment of Interchangeable Crochet Hooks sold as follows:
Packed 1 each Interchageable Hook #1 to #14 and 1 Handle in a gold box, green velvet lined @ 62c per box - $7.44/doz.
Sizes 1,2 and 3 Hooks made with Bone Handle, 1 doz. assorted to a box @ 96c per box (8/6/31)
-1941 December 2 -- Discontinued this sampler
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-1934 Perfection Points trademark
-1934 Introduced stitch holders
-1934 Introduced point protectors
-1935 February -- Discontinued the laquered aluminum hooks
-1935 Introduced crochet forks
-1935 Introduced circular knitting needles
-1939 February -- #G and #I 6" steel hooks first sold to general trade for 75c/doz.
-1941 July 22 -- "Boye" G and I 6" steel crochet hooks sold to the retail for 75c/doz.
-1942 May 1 -- Nickel plating stopped by government order.
-1942 June 8 -- Black plating of crochet hooks began "Hoto Black Process" All nickel plated items will be black plated for the duration of the war!
-1942 June 17 -- Discontinued all 14" alumninum hooks due to war restrictions
-1942 June 25 -- discontinued "Boye" G and I 6" steel crochet hooks
-1942 August -- Government orders halt production on all Steel Crochet hooks and knitting pins!
-1943 March 31 #0 steel crochet hooks discontinued
-1943 April 14 #00 steel crochet hooks discontinued by salesmen ??
-1944 April #0 and #00 reinstated.
-1945 May Nickel plating reinstated latter part of month.
-1947 February 11 -- "Boye" #G and #I steel crochet hook line reinstated for $1.02/doz. (war is over).
-1947 Introduced 7" double point knitting needles.
-1949 January 18 -- 6" Aluminum crochet hooks released in colors - dubonnet, starlight blue, aqua and silver!
-1949 July 6 -- Introduced anodized aluminum hooks in sizes G and J for $3.00/doz.
-1950 Introduced knit tallies
-1953 Introduced 10" double point knitting needles
-1954 Introduced 10" single point knitting needles
-1955 Introduced yarn bobbins
-1956 February 14 -- Introduced K hook sold for $3.30/doz.
-1956 Introduced knit guage
-1957 Introduced cabone rings
-1957 Introduced cable stitch needles
-1958 Introduced latch hooks
-1961 Introduced flexible knitting needles
-1965 Introduced NeedleMaster interchangeable knitting set
-1967 Introduced crochet hook size standards
-1980 NeeldeMaster updated
-1983 Introduced Comfort crochet hooks
-1985 Introduced Balene implements
-1989 Introduced KnitMates interchangeable knitting program
-1991 NeedleMaster updated
-1992 Introduced Doll hair curlers