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Object Name HOUSEWIFE
Catalog Number 0985.07.00027
Description The folding-envelope style housewife consists of blue and black ribbon print taffeta with black ribbon trim. The housewife contains thread fragments and buttons.
Dimensions W-4 L-13.5 inches
Owned Jefferson Davis
Made Varina Banks Howell Davis (tenative)
Provenance Jefferson Davis used this housewife needlecase.

"A travelling thread case always fitted up for Mr. Davis valise when he left home alone." (note in Mrs. Davis' hand)

"No. 10: Traveling threadcase used by Jefferson Davis when he left home to go on trips alone." (original label written by Varina Davis)
People Davis, Jefferson
Davis, Varina Banks Howell [Mrs. Jefferson]
Howell, Varina Banks
Subjects Sewing
Needlework