Needleworker's work box; 1857

Needleworker's work box; 1857

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An ornately crafted sewing workbox to hold needleworking tools. Made in 1857 of hand-tooled and joined hardwood. Twelve fitted compartments, arranged in a series of three each, one of which forms a cover panel fronted with a mirror. Equipped with needlework tools, such as needles, hooks, scissors, penknife, pinchusion, and spool holders. Also four miniature glass bottles in fitted compartments.. Made by the donor's husband's grandfather, who added his intials and three symbols or motifs of his Oddfellow's Lodge to the chest. According to the donor, the maker used wood from cigar boxes.
Women and men alike take pride in the tools they use. This finely crafted chest celebrates the needleworker's skills. Perhaps the ornate detailing of this chest was dictated by the elegant environment of the needleworker's home.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Workbox, sewing
Date made
1857
Measurements
overall: 5 1/2 in x 11 in x 6 in; 13.97 cm x 27.94 cm x 15.24 cm
ID Number
TE.E386739
catalog number
E386739
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. E. O. Long
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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