Bodkin made by Frederick Howland Smith

for his wife, Sallie Smith

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Description

Curved walrus ivory bodkin, made in 2 pieces with a heart-shaped top. Probably made by Frederick Howland Smith for his wife Sallie, c. 1877.  She accompanied her husband on the bark Ohio out of New Bedford. 

In sewing, a bodkin is often used to punch holes into leather or pull a cord through a loop.