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Bodkin Case

Artist/maker unknown, English

Made in South Staffordshire, England, Europe

c. 1790

Enamel on copper with hand-painted and gilt decoration; brass mounts

3 7/8 x 13/16 inches (9.9 x 2.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
The Bloomfield Moore Collection, 1899

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This 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.