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Object Name: Sewing course sample book
Date: 1850-1900
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Medium: Paper, cotton
Dimensions: Overall: 8 x 6 1/8 x 5/8 in. ( 20.3 x 15.6 x 1.6 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Brown sewing course sample book, the covers are cardboard and the book is held together with two brass brads, the second page gives a table of contents, followed by pages with sewing samples applied to the paper with cross stitching.
Object Number: INV.11980
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Marks: handwritten: front center, on label: "Graded Sewing Course." printed: inside center, front cover: "J. W. Schermerhorn & Co., / 3 East 14th Street, / New York." handwritten: top right corner, title page: "B" handwritten: center, title page: "Carrie E. Morgenstern. / Class. Tc 2 (30)" handwritten: top, inside cover: "10th Ref. / handcrafts July 9, 1937"

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This sample book was made by Carrie E. Morgenstern for a sewing course. Each page has a piece of fabric with a different example of sewing, such as hemming, straight stitching, various types of seams, etc. Her instructor gave her a "B."


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