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Lady's Companion Needlework Kit

Description

Dark green, embossed and gilded paperboard box, with the name "Lady's Companion" written on the box in gold lettering. Inside the box, there are several compartments lined with green velvet. These compartments contain a thimble; a pair of scissors; a divider card; a needle; and a pick with an ivory handle. \n The box also came with a handwritten letter, addressed to "Amelia", from "Cousin Eliza".

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
ca. middle 19th century
The letter is dated November 26, 1841.
Inscriptions
"RODGERS & SONS / CUTLERS / to their / MAJESTIES" (printed)
"Amelia" (handwritten)
"Dear Amelia / May I interrupt your / dreams of romance by holding up / to your view real life in one of / its homeliest forms - and turn / your eyes from love to love's preserve, / cheerful industry - Then "may the / heart of your husband safely trust / in you" - forever / Your affectionate / Cousin Eliza / Nov. 26th / 1841" ('real life'; 'preserve'; and forever' are all underlined)
"PLUS HEUREUSE QUE MOI" (Text forms an arc around an embossed image of an envelope)
Material
embossing
gilding
ivory (tooth component)
metal
paper (fiber product)
velvet (fabric weave)
Object type
Textileworking T&E
Places
United Kingdom
Descriptive terms
containers for textiles and needlework
embossing
gilding
ivory (tooth component)
Kit, Needlework
kits (sets)
metal
needleworking (process)
paper (fiber product)
velvet (fabric weave)
Dimensions
3 1/8 x 2 1/4 x 1 5/8 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
2002.29.22
Credit Line
Gift of Katharine Richardson
GUSN
247063

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