European Decorative Arts and Sculpture
Bodkin (Needle) CaseMade in South Staffordshire, England, Europe
Possibly made in Bilston, Europe
Artist/maker unknown, English
Enamel on copper with hand-painted decoration; gilded brass mounts
Currently not on view
1975-140-39a,bThe Richard P. Rosenau Collection, 1975
LabelThis case was used to store a sewing implement called a bodkin. Shaped like an oversized sewing needle with a blunt point and large eye, a bodkin is used to pull a drawstring through a fabric casing. This case is made of enamel on copper, a medium designed to rival those made of more expensive materials such as gold and porcelain.