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Object Name Sheath, Knitting Needle
Catalog Number 0985.13.00238
Date 1864
Description The knitting needle sheath [previously known as a Christmas tree ornament and/or a pincushion] consists of a piece of velvet cut in the shape of a butterfly with a hollow quill strapped in the center of the composition. The butterfly is embroidered in red, white, and blue thread with small circles of blue applique.
Dimensions W-4.25 L-5 inches
Owned Ann Grant
Made Varina Banks Howell Davis, Richmond, Virginia, CSA
Provenance Varina Howell Davis made this knitting sheath for Mrs. Ann Grant to decorate a Christmas tree, during the last Christmas of the Confederacy in 1864. Mrs. Davis wrote a charming story of "Christmas in the Confederate White House" for a New York newspaper on December 13, 1896.

"Mrs. Ann Grant presents this knitting sheath made and given her by Mrs. Jeffersonm Davis (ladies all knitting for the soldiers) at a Xmas tree when she lived in this house. A newspaper account written by Mrs. Davis herself a few days ago accompanies it."
People Davis, Varina Banks Howell [Mrs. Jefferson]
Howell, Varina Banks
Grant, Ann Elizabeth Crenshaw [Mrs. James H.]
Crenshaw, Ann Elizabeth
Subjects Christmas presents