This is my latest addition to my shuttle family. My hubby and I were at a museum at Fort Steele, British Columbia. There are several buildings, and some of them had things for sale. My hubby spotted this brass, silver plated shuttle. Now here is the odd part. On the other side of it was a metal loop for putting it on a chain. The lady who was manning that part of the museum was very interested in learning to tat. So I opened the package and she handed me some thread and I gave her a demo. Unfortunately, it was a very awkward demo, as the loop was keeping it from sliding nicely. Some snipping and sanding and it was free of that bit. I bought it mostly because it looks so nice. I prefer bobbin shuttles, but I will use it some.