Sewing case

Housewife
Folding sewing wallet

American
second half of the 18th century


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 41.6 x 7.5 x 3 cm (16 3/8 x 2 15/16 x 1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

49.1010

Medium or Technique

Silk and metallic thread damask, silk plain weave with metallic threads, silk satin, wool plain weave, glass, silk plain weave with supplementary patterning wefts in metallic threads (ribbon on reverse)

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Long narrow needle case; five interior pockets of silver and pink or red fabric with narrow light pink edging; four red graduated needle flaps with hemmed-stitched edges over rectangular mirror; green edging and tie at rounded top; two pieces of silver and purple ribbon on exterior with pattern of stripes and leaf motifs and scalloped outer edges

Provenance

Inherited by Miss Georgiana Welles Sargent (born 1858) of New York City; Gift of Emily Welles Robbins (Mrs. Harry Pelham Robbins) and the Hon. Sumner Welles, in memory of Georgiana Welles Sargent, to MFA, 1949

Credit Line

Gift of Emily Welles Robbins (Mrs. Harry Pelham Robbins) and the Hon. Sumner Welles, in memory of Georgiana Welles Sargent