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Civil War Soldier's Sewing Kit "Housewife" with needles, thread, and buttons

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This is another great piece being offered, it is a Civil War soldier’s “Housewife” sewing kit. This one is unique being that it is contained in a 3 ½” period round cardboard box. The box initially had throat lozenges. The lozenges were imported from France and sold by E. Fougera & Company, which was founded in New York in 1849. The box itself has dates of 1850 and 1853.

The homemade traveling sewing kit contains 4 period buttons to include 2 period rubber buttons, an Infantry “I” button, a cuff size Civil War New York button, mending thread, two patches of cloth for small mending jobs and an original SHARPS 1857 dated needle packet.  

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 of some kind. They contained the items necessary to darn socks, replace buttons, or fix a whole in a jacket.

Some kits were made for soldiers by wives, mothers, daughters, and friends. Other commercial examples were sold by the camp sutlers, and others, such as this one, just fashioned by whatever was available at the time. They are always on display in Civil War museums, such as Gettysburg, the Museum of the Confederacy, and the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, PA. Also, in my book “The Civil War Soldier – His Personal Items”, I show examples and go into more detail about these essential sewing kits.

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