Embroidery foundation letter shapes by G. Reis & Bro., NYC

Embroidery foundation letter shapes by G. Reis & Bro., NYC

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Woven cotton foundations in letter shapes to be placed on fabric and embroidered over with silk floss in order to give the initials definition and dimensionality. One package with 2 cursive Gs and one package with one gothic C; in wax paper packaging under Reis' Tex brand name. Made by G. Reis & Bro., Inc. New York. Retail sticker label from John Daniell & Sons, Broadway New York; with handwritten prices ".10 ea." ".06" Needlework was an important skill and a popular leisure activity. These foundation shapes for letters enabled even amatuer stitchers to include initials or words and phrases with uniform sizing and style in their work.
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Object Name
Embroidered Letter Foundation shapes
Embroidery foundations
Embroidery Foundations
embroidery foundations
date made
ca. 1900
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
paper (overall material)
overall: 1 11/16 in; 4.2545 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Charlotte T. Moore and Ruth S. Selby
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National Museum of American History
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