In the early nineteenth century, Martha Washington's granddaughter, Eliza Parke Custis Law, constructed this needlecase, one of many she created as mementoes of the nation's First Lady. The cross-stitch panels on the cover were cut from chair cushions with a scallop shell pattern worked by Martha Washington, while the lining was cut from one of Mrs. Washington's silk dresses. The cross-stitch fragments retain much of their original brilliance and offer a rare glimpse of the strong colors that would have enlivened the Little Parlor at Mount Vernon. More

Date

c. 1802-1831


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Material/Technique

Wool, silk, linen


Dimensions

Overall: 7/8 in. x 3 1/8 in. x 2 5/8 in. (2.24 cm x 7.95 cm x 6.68 cm)


Credit

Gift of Thomas A. Fransioli Sr., in memory of his wife, Elizabeth Hoffman McVicker Fransioli, 1991


Object Number

W-3529


Colors


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