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Case

Object Number: 
1943.317ab
Date: 
1850-1900
Medium: 
Silk, paper, wool
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 1/8 x 4 x 1 1/4 in. ( 7.9 x 10.2 x 3.2 cm )
Marks: 
printed: inside rear compartment, visible through silk: "DRAKE FOWLER, / Boot & Shoe Maker / No. 12 Bowery / New York / DRAKE FOWLER, / Boot & Shoe Maker / No. 12 Bowery / New York" stamped: barrel of mechanical pencil: "W.M. & C."
Description: 
Green silk brocade envelope style sewing case lined with silk, without closing device; the body is supported with cardboard business cards sewn into the lining, and when opened, there are two compartments with accordioned sides, and along the spine section there is a pin cushion with a floral design; the front compartment has a sewing book; the rear compartment contains (b) mechanical pencil, two scraps of silk and a sample of lace, and a verse cut out from a newspaper.
Gallery Label: 
This sewing case belonged to Mary Darling Mahon of New Jersey.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Frances Mahon in memory of Mary Darling Mahon
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group