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Object Name Case, Needle
Catalog Number 0985.07.00053b
Date ca. 1865
Description The needle case consists of a red paper-based material in a tear drop shape. The case has a tufted satin liner to which a handwritten description of the item's importance is pinned. Case has a single hinge and a single hook type closure. This case may have been originally designed for a watch or locket. The original paper label remains inside of the improvised red case, with the penciled inscription, "Needle given to me by Federal soldier to close my tent when a prisoner". Inside the case is a small steel, large eye sewing needle (.53a).
Dimensions W-2.75 L-3.25 inches
Owned Varina Banks Howell Davis; unidentified Union soldiers
Event flight and capture of Jefferson Davis, 1865
Provenance Union soldiers gave the sewing needle and case to Mrs. Varina Davis to sew up her tent after the Davis family's capture in Irwinville, Georgia. The original label remains inside of the improvised red case.
People Davis, Varina Banks Howell [Mrs. Jefferson]
Howell, Varina Banks
unidentified Union soldiers
Search Terms flight and capture of Jefferson Davis, 1865
Subjects Sewing
Needlework
women