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Bodkin with Ear Scoop, 1590

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£595.00
Bodkin - Engraved; Ear Scoop - Circa 1590 - 14.1cm long; 7.9g - VK/6677

Bodkin with Ear Scoop, 1590




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An excellent engraved example of a rare silver bodkin which can be dated from the style to the late Elizabethan period (1580-1600). It has contemporary to manufacture engraving around the threading slot and dot-pricked engraved initials "MB" to one side. The bodkin includes a small ear scoop to one end, is typically unmarked and in fine condition.

 

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. A secondary function 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 chatelaine.

 

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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