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October 28, 2011

“Soldier’s housewife” sewing kit

Filed under: Item of the Day — Lizzie Ehrenhalt @ 9:30 am

Soldier's sewing kit

A “soldier’s housewife” sewing kit made of cloth that has been lacquered black and stenciled with a floral design. The name “soldier’s housewife” indicates that while sewing was normally done by women in the home, soldiers needed to be able do it for themselves in the field. The kit was used by Private Marcus Daniels during the Civil War.  The kit rolls closed around a cylindrical pin cushion containing a tinned iron thimble with a brass rim.  The interior of the kit has three wool flaps of sewing needles and two fabric patches of safety pins.

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