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Object Name Reed, Textile
Catalog Number 0985.02.00031
Description These are wooden dowels wrapped with blue and natural cotton bedticking. There are wooden lengths stretched between them. There are 16 ends per inch and cotton cording used as spacers between each end (wooden slat). There is a museum sticker "#77" on the reed. There are cotton thread supports added to the blue/natural ticking edge covering-11/1997.
Dimensions W-4.25 L-36 inches
Owned Esther Louther [Lowther]
Provenance A weaver's sley owned by Mrs. Esther Louther [Lowther], a widow who lived in Nassau County, Fl. She did much work for the soldier boys who always called her "Aunt Esther."

"These old cotton cards and sley belonged to a widow who lived in Nassau County, Florida. Her name was Esthe Louther, but the young people and soldier boys called her 'Aunt Esther.' In her youth she had been taught to spin and weave and during the years from sixty to sixty-five she spun and wove hundreds of yards of cloth for Confederate soldiers. She also taught the young women who lived many miles around how to weave as she was sent for far and near to teach them how to put the thread into the loom.... At before the close of the Civil War such a pair of cotton cards cost $60.00." (donor letter)
People Louther, Esther (tentative)
Lowther, Esther (tentative)
Search Terms ersatz
Subjects Weaving
Fabric production