CIVIL WAR PERIOD HOUSEWIFE

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Item Code: 665-17

Housewife is made out of wool broadcloth. Outside is painted canvas. Features three pockets, one with four small buttons. Sewn on rounded end are three half-circle pieces of red, white and blue wool, all with pinked edges. White piece has embroidered initials. Measures 10 ¾” long x 4 ¾” wide. Tab remains from string that originally would have wrapped around and tied.  Stitching is mostly good, with areas of fraying on edges.

The “housewife” typically contained needles, thread, and a thimble for mending clothing. Soldiers were often sent off to service by their mothers, sisters, or sweethearts equipped with such an item, as it was general practice for enlisted men to attend to their own uniforms.  [sl]

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