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Object Name Splitter, Straw
Catalog Number 0985.13.00575
Date 1861-1865
Description The straw splitter consists of a length of wood, onto which is fixed a metal blade with a series of small metal teeth. A shallow trough is scooped out of the wood under the metal blade.
Dimensions H-1.75 W-0.75 L-6 inches
Owned Bettie Caldwell; Mrs. Thomas S. Bocock
Provenance Straw splitter used from 1861 to 1865 to split straw, which was then braided into hats for men and women during the war. Miss Bettie Caldwell gave the straw splitter to Mrs. Bocock. Miss Caldwell was the lone survivor of a committee in Appomattox County, which knitted socks for the Appomattox company during the first three years of the war.
People Caldwell, Bettie
Bocock, Thomas S., Mrs.
Subjects Straw hats
Straw industries