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I came across this handy little item looking at antique needlework tools. Boy, I am so glad I was born in modern times. LOL I realize it isn't a lot different that using beeswax, but my modern ick factor kicks in, like when I saw thee most beautiful embroidery...super fine threads.....threads that were hair. Ew, ick and wow!
CHARLES I SILVER BODKIN with EAR SPOON
(Actual Length 4.5 Inches - The images are oversized.)
Of very heavy gauge in the usual elongated flat tapering blunt needle form
with wide open slot below a smaller round opening and scooped ear (wax) spoon
(used to wax threads, like beeswax or thread heaven)
and decorated with Stuart style hatched engraving; unmarked (as most of this period are)
Note: A bodkin is a needle like tool that was used for pulling tape or ribbon through a series of loops. 17th century clothing was often joined by such as ribbons or leather straps.
Bodkins were personal, often carried on the person, and passed through the generations.
The word "bodkin" in earlier centuries also referred to sharp instruments, as stilettos,
daggers, and pointed hair ornaments.
Can you imagine?
Thread getting a little fussy? Just dig out some earwax and take the fussy factor out of it.
Ewww, ick and wow.......modern times have made us all a bit squeamish about our bodily functions....and I am kinda okay with that. LOL
Now, where did I put that little blue box of thread heaven.....................................................