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Object Name Pincushion
Catalog Number 0985.08.00056
Date 1861
Description Small circular pincushion with Confederate flag painted on one side and "C.S.A." written on the other. Maroon colored string through the top. Metal pins stuck in around outer edge.
Owned A. L. Priest [Auguste L. Priest]
Made Sophie Manette Watson
Provenance Made by Sophie Manette Watson when she was a little girl in the Convent of the Visitation in St. Louis in 1861. She made it for a little boy, A.L. Prieot, to show her love of the Confederacy.

"Within the walls of the Convent of the Visitation in St. Louis in 1861 was a little patriotic girl Sophie Manette Watson who made this little pincushion for a little boy on the outside, and although it was treason against the Convent for her to think of the boy at all, and treason against the powers that surrounded the Convent for her to cherish love for the Confederate flag, yet the fact is, she showed that she thought of the boy by making this little pincushion for him and also showed that she loved the Confederacy even through in the midst of its enemies by painting the Confederate flag on the pincushion…." (donor letter)
People Watson, Sophie Manette
Priest, Auguste L. (A. L.)
Search Terms flag imagery
Subjects Sewing
Needlework
Pinkeep
children
girls
boys
gifts