Bodkin

Bodkin
Title
Bodkin
Date 
ca. 1890
Medium 
Sterling silver
Dimensions 
Overall: 2 5/8 in. ( 6.7 cm )
Description 
Sterling silver bodkin with embossed floral motif
Credit Line 
Gift of Barbara Taylor Hackney
Object Number 
2003.43c
Gallery Label 
This is one of three sterling silver bodkins that belonged to Emma Corby Hoyt (1855-1937) of Brooklyn, who used them to make baby clothes. They were donated by her great-granddaughter. The bodkin --a blunt needle with a large eye for drawing tape or ribbon through a loop or hem -- was an assential needlework tool for sewing the heavily eyeleted, looped, and laced-together fashions dominating the nineteenth century.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group