|Object Name||Sheath, Knitting Needle|
|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|
|Made||Varina Banks Howell Davis, Richmond, Virginia, CSA|
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."
Davis, Varina Banks Howell [Mrs. Jefferson]
Howell, Varina Banks
Grant, Ann Elizabeth Crenshaw [Mrs. James H.]
Crenshaw, Ann Elizabeth