16 th century Bodkin Iron Earspoon.

16 th century Bodkin Iron Earspoon.

Stock Number: 00 351105 D S



13,5 cm long


16th century

Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Medicine, Therapeutic & Functional Aids, Other Medical Antiques


A English 16th century iron bodkin with ear spoon and unusual long length 13,5 cm made from heavy iron smooth metal. A bodkin is a needle like tool that was used for pulling tape or ribbon through a series of loops. The scoop part at the end was to take wax from the ear.

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NL Van Leest Antiques

Van Leest Antiques

Van Leest Antiques, based in Utrecht in the Netherlands, specialises in antique scientific and medical instruments. Their collection covers mainly scientific and medical antique instruments: barometers, globes and planataria, nautical instruments, anatomical models, and pharmacy items. Toon Van Leest travels regularly in Europe and visits trade fairs, auctions, and antique dealers to collect stock and to find pieces to fulfil his clients' unusual requests.

As well as being an avid antique collector and dealer, Toon Van Leest is also a dentist. He believes that antiques are a stable investment, not reliant on trends or fashion, and have truly lasting value. Above all, he says, antiques are timeless and never lose their beauty.