Market Lavington Museum

Name that tool

Market Lavington Museum has a tool that is called a bodkin on its record. We think of a bodkin as a large, blunt, metal needle, used for pulling elastic, but our tool is not one of those.

It is 18cms long and made of wood, with a square cross section at one end and a blunt point at the other. It certainly meets our criteria of having a local connection as it was found at a house on Oak Lane in Easterton. It was in some cotton waste that had been used as insulation in a wall cavity.

Our best guess is that perhaps it was used for pushing rags through a hessian backing when making a rag rug. We have seen something similar called a rag rug proddy. Please do leave a comment if you have any ideas about what our object could be.