Designed to house the necessary tools of needlework, this sewing case combines fabrics worn by Martha Washington in a utilitarian object that serves as a reminder of her personal style. Layers of felted wool, sized to store a variety of needles, are attached to a row of pockets formed from sumptuous brocaded silks. Silver and gold threads woven into some of the silks are indicative of her wealth and her requests for "the Best" articles available. The case itself may have been constructed by Mrs. Washington late in life or by one of her granddaughters, who treasured articles worn by her. More





Silk, wool, metallic threads


Overall: 4 5/8 in. x 18 1/2 in. (11.76 cm x 46.99 cm)


Bequest of Marie Worthington Conrad Lehr in memory of her brother Charles Angelo Conrad, 1915

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