Item: Bodkin Description: Engraved
1620 Dimensions: 170 mm long
Comments: An excellent engraved example of a
rare James I/Charles II period bodkin. Contemporary to manufacture
dot-pricked engraved initials "AP" can be to one side and the
piece is typically unmarked.
The main function of a bodkin was to thread bands of
cords through corsets and other items of clothing. The ribbon or cord was
threaded through the rectangular slit. Another use for bodkins was to
punch holes in leather and other textiles or to be used like a needle. The
small eye was used for hanging it up or suspending it from a belt or
The small hollow at the terminal was used to pick earwax
out of the ear. The earwax was used for smoothing rough or frayed threads
in to usable pieces of sewing yarn!
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