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TWO EARLY 17TH CENTURY ENGLISH SILVER BODKINS :

RARE & FINE JAMES I / CHARLES I SILVER BODKIN with EARSPOON England, 1600-20, Maker's Mark "G"

RARE & FINE JAMES I SILVER BODKIN with EARSPOON England, c 1610-1625, Mark Rubbed (S)?

 

Rare & Fine James I / Charles I Silver Bodkin 1600-20, Maker's Mark 'G' & Rare & Fine James I Silver Bodkin c 1610-1625, mark rubbed 

 

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.

 


 

Rare & Fine James I / Charles I Silver Bodkin 1600-20, Maker's Mark 'G'


RARE & FINE JAMES I / CHARLES I SILVER BODKIN with EARSPOON
England, 1600-20, Maker's Mark "G"

 

Rare & Fine James I / Charles I Silver Bodkin 1600-20, Maker's Mark 'G'

 

Rare & Fine James I / Charles I Silver Bodkin 1600-20, Maker's Mark 'G'

 

Of a lighter gauge silver, in the usual elongated flat tapering blunt needle form,
with wide open slot below a smaller round "Celtic eye" opening and scooped ear (wax) spoon,
decorated to each side in the geometric Stuart style,
the shaft scratch-engraved to one side with original owner's initials " . I B ." ,
reverse struck with a single mark : G" in a plain shield, unascribed ( bodkins rarely marked);

 

Rare & Fine James I / Charles I Silver Bodkin 1600-20, Maker's Mark 'G'

 
excellent color and patination; slight bend to the shaft from thumb/finger positioning

 

5-5/8" Long / 0.3 oz

 

RESERVED

 

#7836

 

Please Inquire

 


 

Rare & Fine James I Silver Bodkin c 1610-1625, mark rubbed 

 

RARE & FINE JAMES I SILVER BODKIN with EARSPOON
England, c 1610-1625, Maker's Mark Rubbed

 

Rare & Fine James I Silver Bodkin c 1610-1625, mark rubbed 

 

Rare & Fine James I Silver Bodkin c 1610-1625, mark rubbed 

 

Of very heavy gauge silver, in the usual elongated flat tapering blunt needle form,
with wide open slot below a smaller round "Celtic eye" opening and scooped ear (wax) spoon,
decorated to each side in the geometric Stuart style,
the shaft scratch-engraved to each side with original owner's initials ": M . N :", and ". E . R .";
excellent color and patination; very slight bend to the shaft from thumb/finger positioning;
illegible remains of a mark in an oval (S)?

 

Rare & Fine James I Silver Bodkin c 1610-1625, mark rubbed 

 

5-3/8" Long / 0.5 oz

 

RESERVED

 

#7837

 

Please Inquire

 

 

 

Rare & Fine James I / Charles I Silver Bodkin 1600-20, Maker's Mark 'G' & Rare & Fine James I Silver Bodkin c 1610-1625, mark rubbed 

   

 


 

 

The fashion of the 17th century dictated that both men and women be "laced: into tight clothing.

For women, a corset was the fashion, for gentlemen, the weskit.

Below are two 17th century paintings showing the fashions.

The lady to the left is shown threading the "stomacher" or bodice with a bodkin.

 

 
  Rare & Fine James IPeter Paul Rubens, 1609, The Artist & His First Wife Isabella Brunt in the Honeysuckle Bower  

 

Peter De Hooch, 1660, Mother Lacing Her Bodice Beside a Cradle (detail )  /  Peter Paul Rubens, 1609, The Artist & His First Wife Isabella Brunt

(Both images courtery of Creative Commons)

 

 


 

 

 

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