For such a surprisingly simple tool, the variety of the stilleto is endless. Essentially, like the sword from which it takes its name, it is a long pointed blade secured to a handle. It was used for making eyelets for cards or laces, but in its finer form could be used for pricking out designs onto the fabric to be embroidered. It was also extensively used for eyelet work, better known today as Broiderie Anglaise. Stilettos are often found with a sheath to protect the point, or they unscrew and store within the handle. Examples range from the workmanlike to the most elaborate.
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