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Straw Work Bodkin Case, Early 19th Century
This is a delightful example of straw work, possibly made by French prisoners-of-war early in the 19th century. It is a case for holding bodkins which were used for threading ribbon or cord in previous generations. The decoration is of different coloured strips and small pieces of straw (natural straw, green, bronze and brown) which have been glued onto a basic carcass. This example has tapered ends which are decorated with deep green thread tassels. It opens in the centre and the inner sleeve is also decorated with straw (minimal loss to the straw). The interior appears to be decorated with coloured paper and the outside has a lovely sheen. The overall condition of this example is very good for age and it would be a lovely item to include amongst your needlework tools or Napoleonic prisoner-of-war folk art collection. Maximum length 4.33 ins (11cm) Diameter 0.6 ins (1.5cm) Weight 8 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 299.
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