Auction 23148  31 May 2023
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Lot 144

Starting price: 120 GBP
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Stuart (1603-1649), Carolean Cast Silver Bodkin, c. 1630-1640, 5.86g, 114.5mm. x 4mm. x 2mm., undecorated but with integral eye loop for suspension, 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 172
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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: £150 - £250
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