Leather, metal, silk, paper, wool
overall (closed): 2 5/8 x 4 x 1 1/4 in. ( 6.7 x 10.2 x 3.2 cm )
Red leather roll-up sewing case with metal clasp fastener at the center of the front flap, the inside is lined with pink silk brocade; when unfolded, there are three sections: the top section has a single compartment with accordioned sides with a compartmentalized silk-lined card which is removable, containing a needle card with 15 needles inside; the center section has a removable notepad at the spine which is secured with a string that straps across the inside center of the notepad; the center section has a single compartment with accordioned sides, with silk loops on the outer surface which hold a pair of scissors and a bodkin; the bottom compartment unfolds from side to side and has three compartments which run in rows horizontally.
This sewing case was brought from England by Charles Willoughby Dayton (born ca. 1789) around 1818. Dayton was married to Jean Raveau Child.
Gift of Laura Dayton Denby
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