A cylindrical gilt-metal mounted porcelain bodkin case, Meissen, circa 1750.

Painted all over with ripe fruiting vine and insects at either end, 12cm.

Bodkins are blunt-ended oversized needles with a large eye used to draw cord or elastic through a small or narrow space.

Attractive cases, in which to store them, have traditionally been made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, gold, silver, enamelled copper and other metals.


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