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Object Name: Sewing case
Date: 1840-1880
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Medium: Leather, silk, wool, paper, metal
Dimensions: Overall (rolled): 2 3/4 x 3 3/4 x 1 in. (7 x 9.5 x 2.5 cm) Overall (unrolled): 13 x 3 5/8 x 3/4 in. (33 x 9.2 x 1.9 cm)
Place made: North America, United States
Description: Red leather roll-up sewing case resembling an envelope bag, the top flap is scalloped, trimmed with metal edging, and has a metal clasp closing device; when unrolled, the case consists of a three-compartment case lined with green silk, the rear two pouches having accordioned sides, the front having a tabbed flap that tucks into a horizontal strap for closure; opened, there is a bodkin holder underneath the tabbed flap, and this section contains a wool felt sewing book with sewing needles, a notepad with both paper and cardboard leaves, and a place for objects to slide into silk ribbon compartments, secured with stitching to the ground and containing a pair of scissors, covered with two side flaps that fold inward.
Object Number: INV.11409
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Marks: handwritten: middle of note pad, front compartment, in pencil: "One of the many / gifts of a highly / valued Friend"

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This case belonged to Augusta Temple Winthrop (Mrs. J. Smythe Rogers), the mother of Frances M. Rogers (Mrs. William W. Parker).


"Home Sewn: Three Centuries of Stitching History," New-York Historical Society, November 18, 2003-April 18, 2004.