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Sewing case

Object Number: 
1945.44a-i
Date: 
1898
Medium: 
Cotton, wool, metal, paper, tobacco
Dimensions: 
Closed: 5 x 9 1/8 in. ( 12.7 x 23.2 cm ) Open: 14 x 9 1/8 in. ( 35.6 x 23.2 cm )
Marks: 
printed: in red ink: on obverse of cigarette pack: "30 CIGARRILLOS / HEBRA / Entre Fuerte" printed: in red ink: on reverse of cigarette pack: "MARCA DE FABRICA / E * D / LA INSULAR / FABRICA / DE /TABACOS / MANILA" printed: in red ink: down either side
Description: 
Blue denim wallet-type sewing case with closure composed of two cream-colored fabric tape straps attached to front flap at the top center. Sewing case (a) opens up to three sections: sewing book at top center beneath a metal ring; three compartments in a horizontal row with accordion sides (a metal pin and needle with white thread are woven through the front of the center compartment); and one large pocket across the bottom with supplies stored inside, including: (b) six needles stored in a case made from an oval piece of brown fabric attached to a rectangle of black leather, (c) wooden spool of white thread, (d,e) two wooden spools of black tread, (f) a wooden button, (g) a rectangular piece of sandpaper, (h) a rectangular strip of cream-colored cotton fabric, and (i) a pack of cigarettes.
Gallery Label: 
This sewing kit was given to George Wettlaufer, a private in the Astor Battery, by the Red Cross during the Philippines campaign of the Spanish-American War.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. George Wettlaufer
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group