M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
FINE ELIZABETH / JAMES I SILVER BODKIN
England, c1600-1620, Unmarked
The tapering stem with an elongated hole for ribbons,
as well as a small round hole for threads at the wider end,
the top half also having rudimentary scratched engraving to each side;
remains of initials "M C" to the center of one side
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 finger-use bend;
wear appropriate to age and usage
5.4" Long / 0.4 oz
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