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Buttonhole maker

Object Number: 
2002.61.1
Date: 
ca. 1930
Medium: 
Iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 1/2 x 10 in. ( 3.8 x 25.4 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: "R.../COMPTON/NEWARK, N.J."
Description: 
Iron buttonhole maker with opposing handles; metal blade and punch cut slit and hole in fabric; adjustable mechanism for sizing.
Gallery Label: 
This buttonhole maker was used by immigrant tailor Morris Horowitz, who arrived in New York from Lithuania at the age of 16. Horowitz opened his tailor shop in Queens Village in 1929, providing custom tailoring for men as well as cleaning and pressing. He faced stiff competition, especially during the Depression - the charge for cleaning a suit or dress was only $.39. He sold the business and retired at the age of 84.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Natalie (Horowitz) Steinberg and Dorothy (Horowitz) Goldman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group