Auction 23148  31 May 2023
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Lot 143

Starting price: 220 GBP
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Tudor (1485-1603), Elizabethan Cast Silver Bodkin and Integral Ear Scoop, c. 1600, Engraved "H A" with Leaf Motif, 7.23g, 124.5mm. x 6mm. x 2.5mm., neat geometric incisions, otherwises lightly toned, very fine.
"A Rare Collection of Early Cutlery, Personal Implements, Measuring Devices and Scientific Instruments, The Property of a Gentleman", Spink 20020, 27 January 2020, lot 171
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The main function of a bodkin was to thread bands of cords through a corset or 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 such like a needle. Some examples have an additional small eye for suspending from a belt or chatelaine.
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The small scoop was used to pick earwax. Earwax was found to be an excellent lubricant for smoothing rough or frayed threads back into usable pieces of sewing yarn!
Estimate: £250 - £350
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