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Bodkin (Needle) Case with Lid in the Form of a Female Bust

Artist/maker unknown, English

Made in South Staffordshire, England, Europe
Possibly made in Bilston, England, Europe

c. 1765

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

5 5/16 x 7/8 inches (13.5 x 2.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
The Richard P. Rosenau Collection, 1975

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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 an enamel on copper copy of one made in porcelain at the Chelsea porcelain factory, London. Enamel on copper is a medium designed to rival those made of more expensive materials such as gold and porcelain.