Silver awl, designed for piercing holes in fabric and leather. This probably dates from the late 1800s.
The handle is stamped with "800" and a couple of marks I can't read. The 800 stands for 80% silver, a lower grade of silver than sterling which was widely used in continental Europe. The "business end" is made from steel with what looks like chrome plating. Total length is 4 & 3/4 inches (12.2 cm).
Good condition. There are a couple of rust spots on the steel, plus some darker areas where the chrome plating has worn off. The point is very slightly bent - it could easily be straightened with a bit of care. The silver handle is very tarnished. I leave any cleaning up to the buyer.
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