M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
ELIZABETH I / JAMES I SCRATCH-ENGRAVED SILVER BODKIN WITH EAR-SPOON
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The tapering stem with an ear-scoop wider end,
above a small round hole at the for threads as well as and hanging
and elongated hole for ribbons
both sides having rudimentary scratched engraving
with a tapering stem, a hole, a slot and an ear-scoop, decorated with scratch-engraving,
A bodkin is a needle like tool that was used for pulling tape or ribbon through a series of loops.
17th century clothing was often joined by such as ribbons or leather straps.
Bodkins were personal, often carried on the person, and passed through the generations.
The word "bodkin" in earlier centuries also referred to sharp instruments, as stilettos,
daggers, and pointed hair ornaments.
Waxing of threads and ribbons enabled them move to more easily through openings.
It also prevented threads from raveling. Waxed threads are still desirable for needlework today.
Most bodkins of this period are unmarked. Most bodkins are also of a lighter gauge silver.
Condition : Excellent for age and usage, the shaft with a minor bend at the tip;
the ear spoon with interior scratching; all wear appropriate to age and usage
3.75" Long / 0.125oz.
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