Many American women in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-centuries sought to industriously repurpose outdated clothing. The fabric might be used to upholster furniture, or to make any manner of small items. This lavender and white plaid needle case, made of material from one of Martha Washington's dresses, was either pieced from her own hand or by one of her descendants. Later inherited by her granddaughter, Martha Parke Custis Peter (1777-1854), its interior still bears the prick marks of dozens of pins and needles once stored between its covers. More





Silk, silk thread, paper


Overall (Open): 2 5/8 in. x 2 1/8 in. x 1 1/8 in. (6.68 cm x 5.41 cm x 2.87 cm)


Purchase, 1956

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