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Collection Fort Nisqually Permanent Collection
Object ID Number 1944.01.31
Object Name Box
Description Small black box with two thin handles and a silver colored clasp that is partially broken off. Inside has loops for holding small items on the inside of the lid, and the presence of several needles stuck in the lining indicates it may have been a sewing box. This conclusion is supported by the silver colored needle case that was found in one of the loops, which also had thread wrapped around it. A small square mirror was found inside as well, with a pink backing that matched the pink fabric lining of the box. The outside of the box resembles black or dark green tooled leather, and the top is decorated with five shiny metal studs in the center of the lid, and then in six other locations around the edge, though now only four remain of these outer studs.The locations of the missing studs reveal two small holes in each spot. The lid is simply a flat rectangle on a cloth hinge, but that hinge is somewhat out of alignment and worn. The downward left corner of the box is very worn and has a small hole in the outer layer of the box. The handles are intact, though the leather wrapping is very worn. It is believed to be Letitia Work Huggins' sewing box. Measures 7 1/4 inches long end to end, 4 inches wide, and 2 3/4 inches tall not counting the handles.
Date mid-19th century
Year Range from 1850.0
Year Range to 1900.0
People Huggins, Letitia Work
Search Terms Sewing box
Sewing accessories
Imagefile 006\19440131.JPG