Q: I found an old bottle that has “The Boye Needle Co.” on the front and “3 oz. full measure” on the side. Any idea who made it and how old it is?

A: The Boye Needle Co. was founded by James H. Boye and two associates in 1906. The company’s first product was the “Rotary Case,” a revolving cabinet for sewing machine needles and supplies. Later, Boye Needle Co. made sewing machine parts and oil for sewing machines, typewriters, clocks, etc. It was the first company in the United States to make crochet hooks and knitting needles. The company merged with Wrights in 1989 and is now part of the Simplicity Creative Group.


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