Antique English 18th century Enamel Bodkin Holder Needlecase Circa 1780 AF
This is a very beautiful enamel over metal cylindrical bodkin case from the last quarter of the 18th century, George III period. It will make a wonderful addition to your period sewing tool collection but as with all of our detailed descriptions, please make sure that you take a moment to read our condition report below.
This highly decorative pull lid case features a teeny green leaf vertical stripe with raised gold stars and raised navy blue and gold roundel motifs. This elegant bodkin case was intended for a lady to safely store her bodkins.
Bodkins were larger versions of needles that were used to thread drawstrings, ribbons, cords and laces, of course over and under garments during this period was predominantly fastened by such cords, and so bodkins were absolutely indispensable. One would wish to own a pretty bodkin holder because one never knew when it would be called in to action from ones reticule or sewing box!!
Size: 4" (10 cm ) by 5/8" (1.8 cm)
Condition: Sound and sturdy, the top and bottom push together beautifully. Sadly as is so common with Georgian enamels there has been some historic damage to the top of the lid and a small area to one side of the lid (very difficult to see). Both areas were restored back in the 19th century, as the filled restorations have since discolored. There is one navy blue enamel roundel missing.
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