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Object Name Housewife
Catalog Number 0985.07.00204, a-d
Description The roll-up style housewife (.204) consists of black waterproof canvas edged with blue silk ribbon. The housewife is lined with tan and beige striped silk and has three inner pockets made of silk that approximate the First National, Bonnie Blue, and Second National pattern Confederate flags. The larger end pocket holds a square, double-sided, red silk, blue wool, and paper needle case (.204a) with a pocket. Inside the needle case are a needle (.204b), white cotton thread wrapped around a red silk and paper skein (.204c), and a small folding knife (.204d) with a shell cover.
Dimensions W-4.75 L-17.25 inches
Owned Nelson T. Liles
Owner Regiment 39th Mississippi Infantry, Co. C
Made Elizabeth S. W. Liles [Mrs. Nelson T. Liles]
Provenance Elizabeth S. W. Liles [Mrs. Nelson T. Liles] made this housewife for her husband's use during the war. Lt. Nelson T. Liles served in Co. C, 39th Mississippi Infantry and carried this housewife with him throughout the war.
People Liles, Elizabeth S. W. [Mrs. Nelson T.]
Liles, Nelson T.
Search Terms flag imagery
Subjects Sewing
Needlework
women
wives
husbands