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The Twelve Days before Christmas: Ten Bobkins aThreading
Occupying a ton of time this year, DH and I catalogued the parts of my collection of needlework tools between 1840 and 1914, and on December 7 we gave the catalogue and tools to a small collections library.
I kept a copy of this year's catalogue and decided to borrow from our photos and descriptions tools for
12 Days before Christmas.
Scroll down for photos and descriptions of ten bodkins/ribbon threaders.
This Holiday Season on Queendom Website: The Twelve Days before Christmas told in Antique Needlework Tools.
Here are 10 Bodkins/Ribbon Threaders.
Above, American Bodkins/Ribbon Threaders
Two fish and one alligator stamped with the trademark of Simons Bros and Sterling mark. American, 1905 patent.
Above, from left:
A silver gilt bodkin honoring Queen Victora's birth in 1819 and her corontion in 1838. English, c 1840.
A rare silver bodkin commemorating Horatio Nelson's Trafalgar triumph and death aboard the ship, Victory, in 1805. English, c 1800's.
A small bodkin carrying the pensive message 'friendship without interest'.
English, c. 1820-40's.
What are Bodkins?
They look like large needles but they have a different function.
Think of threading a cord through the channel on pyjamas: that's what bodkins do, they thread cords through clothes.
In bygone days, when buttons weren't common and zippers were a long way into the future, cords closed many clothes and bodkins were necessary.
What are Ribbon Threaders?
Essentially they do the same thing: thread ribbons through channels.
Above: set of four sterling bodkins influenced by the movement known as Wiener Werkstatte (1903-1932.) American, made by Stern Bros, c. 1922.