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Original Civil War Soldier's "Housewife" Sewing Kit

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This is another great piece being offered, it is a Civil War soldier’s “Housewife” roll-up sewing kit. It measures 9 3/4 inches long unrolled and 3 ¾ inches wide. It is made with a green leather exterior with a black cloth lining. On the inside is a gathered pocket with two period buttons and three needles attached to felt. The ends of the roll serve as a pin cushion. A narrow green ribbon ties the piece together when not in use.

Most Civil War soldiers owned just one set of clothing, which was quick to wear out during long marches and bitter fighting. As you can imagine, mending clothes was a must for soldiers. Therefore, most Civil War soldiers carried a “housewife”, or sewing kit. They contained the items necessary to darn socks, replace buttons, or fix a whole in a jacket.

Some were made for soldiers by wives, mothers, daughters, and friends. Other commercial examples were sold by the camp sutlers.  There is one on display at the Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum (see pictures). Also, in my book “The Civil War Soldier – His Personal Items”, I show examples and go into more detail about these essential sewing kits (see pictures).

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