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Object Name Cotton Card
Catalog Number 0985.02.00038a
Description One of two (2) unmatched pair of cotton cards made of wood with bent wire nails on the face. Smaller than the other, but a similar style..
Material Wood/Metal
Dimensions H-8 W-9 inches
Owned Esther Louther [Lowther]
Provenance The cotton cards were owned by Mrs. Esther Louther [Lowther], a widow who lived in Nassau County, Florida. 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 Clothing production
Fabric production
prices
Weaving
shortages