Found these in a box lot of old hardware. Because we live in a town know for it's oak trees, these were perfect for us.
Mark made me this to hang aprons on in the kitchen.
Tack Hook or Harness Hook:
This huge hook was also part of a box-lot of stuff scored at an estate auction. It would have originally been used in a barn to hold a harness or other stable equipment.
We weren't sure how we were going to use it when we bought it, so it sat in the basement for awhile. I'm actually surprised we held on to it because it looks sort of dangerous.
Recently we saw a picture on the internet of someone using a similar hook to hold dishtowels. BINGO! We promptly hung it in our kitchen. It is mounted under the shelves close to the sink.
More old hooks:
Mark used these hooks for another coat rack. Our front door opens right into our living room. There isn't a foyer or even a coat closet. Before we made this, we didn't have any place to put coats, jackets, purses or bookbags except on the floor.
Metal Hook Rack:
This is another interesting thing picked up at some sale. We spray painted it white. It is all one piece and made of metal. It hangs in my bathroom and hold towels.
Keep your eye out for interesting hooks and hardward at your next flea market or estate sale. They can be expensive to buy online or on ebay. They really add character to your old home.