Paper, wool, cotton, silk
Overall: 3 x 2 1/8 x 1 1/2 in. ( 7.6 x 5.4 x 3.8 cm )
Inscription: handwritten inside front cover: "Eliza M. Barnum / March 16th 1832 / Columbus Chenango / New York / A Mothers gift / Eliza keep it / always / Childrens toys / Are Earthly joys / I believ (sic)"
Sewing book with cardboard cover embossed to resemble plaited straw, a flower painted on each side and the edges trimmed with green silk ribbon; inside contains wool felt pages trimmed with cotton chintz and silk ribbon; the inside of each side of the cover contains a piece of fold-out paper, one with an inscription, the other with a verse.
This sewing book was given to Eliza Meriah Barnum of Columbus, New York, by her mother on March 16th, 1832, possibly as a birthday gift.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.