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.
Gift of Barbara Taylor Hackney
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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