Bone Bodkin with Heart, Cross, and Crown

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Scrimshawed bone bodkin with a tapered point and handle.  Piece is flat and pierced with circle, heart and cross, surmounted by crown.  Has seventeen inlaid mother-of-pearl circles on both sides, two are missing from both sides.

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