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Civil War Soldier's Sewing Kit "Housewife" with Artillery buttons


Product Description

This is another great piece being offered, it is a Civil War soldier’s “Housewife” roll-up sewing kit. It measures 4” x 1 ¾” long when rolled up. It is made with a leather exterior with pincushion on each end.

Inside are two crude pockets. Inside the pocket are two Civil War Union Artillery “A” cuff buttons. There are also a few needles inside.

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. They are always on display in Civil War museums, such as Gettysburg and the Museum of the Confederacy (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).

This is a nice little sewing kit and would go great with a display of a soldier’s personal effects.

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