CENTURY SILVER ENGRAVED BODKIN
Of flat tapered elongated form in good gauge silver (tested) with small and a blunt tip and large openings to the terminal, scratch-engraved in typical 17th century manner, and initialed M B; most bodkins of this period are unmarked
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.
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Condition : Excellent, without breaks, splits or repairs;
some expected resistant spotting and minor bends appropriate to age and usage
Images are oversize for inspection
4-1/8” (11 cm) Long / .1 oz.
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Late 17th century Silver Engraved Bodkin, scratch initialed MB, England