Martha Washington is believed to have embroidered this elegant pincushion during the winter encampment at Valley Forge as a present for the daughter of her host. Worked in silver wrapped thread and colorful silks, the small item would have made a large impact. Characteristic of Martha's industry and artistry, it is beautiful yet functional. However it shows no signs of use: as one descendant put it, the personal memento was treated with "reverential care".

See also needle case, W-2738/A.
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Date

1777-1778


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Material/Technique

Silk, broadcloth, buckram, silver-wrapped silk thread, possibly cotton or wool


Dimensions

Overall: 3 5/8 in. x 2 in. x 1 in. (9.22 cm x 5.08 cm x 2.54 cm)


Credit

Bequest of Lydia Spencer Moncure Robinson, 1978


Object Number

W-2738/B


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