Three bodkins in case

Object Number: 
ca. 1890
Silver, silk; cardboard
Overall: 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. ( 9.5 x 7 cm )
stamp: on bodkins: "STERLING"
Three silver bodkins in a shield-shaped case covered with green moiré silk.
Gallery Label: 
These three sterling silver bodkins and case 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 essential needlework tool for sewing the heavily eyeleted, looped, and laced-together fashions of the nineteenth century.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Barbara Taylor Hackney
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group