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A huswif (housewife) of green and purple silk. A huswif was a small portable case containing sewing supplies. During the Civil War men took them to battle so they could sew on buttons and mend their uniforms. It is a family piece of the donor Mrs. Daniel Gardner, who was from New York.
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Object Name
sewing kit
made at
United States
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Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Daniel Gardner
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Victorian Needlework
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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