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Object Name Mask, Sleep
Catalog Number 0985.07.00007
Description This eye mask is made from a black felt cloth with white twill and black taffeta ties. There are three small pieces of ribbon terminating in silk tied french knots on the forehead. The nose warmer section is stitched separately.
Dimensions H-8.25 W-14 L-38 inches
Owned Jefferson Davis
Made Varina Banks Howell Davis (possible maker)
Event imprisonment of Jefferson Davis at Fortress Monroe, Virginia, 1865-1867
Provenance This eye mask was worn by Jefferson Davis during his confinement at Fortress Monroe. The mask was worn to shield his eyes from the light that burned continuously in his cell and to allow him to sleep. Mrs. Davis described the "tortures inflicted needlessly upon him (Davis) by General Nelson A. Miles..."
People Davis, Jefferson
Davis, Varina Banks Howell [Mrs. Jefferson]
Howell, Varina Banks
Search Terms Fortress Monroe