Huswif

Description
A pink leather huswif (housewife) made by Mary Frederick Brown, age 12, of Hillsborough, Virginia, dated Jan 20, 1842. A huswif was a case containing sewing supplies; some rolled up and some folded. During the Civil War women often made them for loved ones serving in the armed forces so they could sew on buttons and mend their uniforms. Mary was born about 1830 and is probably the daughter of Asa and Jane Reaner Brown. Her huswif descended in the family of her brother Charles J. Brown.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1842
maker
Brown, Mary Frederick
made at
United States
ID Number
TE.T11165
catalog number
T11165.000
accession number
205091
Credit Line
Gift of Elva McKinney
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Victorian Needlework
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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