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Needle Case

Place Made:
Salem North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
silk, silver sequins, cardboard, glass mirror –paper –wool
LOA 3 5/8; WOA 6 5/8
Accession Number:
The needle case interior has an inscription that reads, “To Adelaide/From/her attached friend/Lavinia./June 15th 1838.” It is fitted with a red wool slip of cloth to secure needles, a tiny looking glass, and two pieces of paper.

Case is fashioned as a tri-fold, white silk throughout. Inside of case has 2 pockets accordian-style on the left-hand side. Attached to middle spine are 2 pieces of paper, one with writing on it (see below) and red cloth edged with picots. On back is a mirror held in by silk.

Outside of case is white silk with a squirrel between 2 cedar trees on a green ground worked in appropriate colors of silk thread on the back. The flap has a red bud worked in silk with the embroidered inscription, “such as I feel for you” worked in brown above it. Attached to flap is silk ribbon to wrap around case. On side under flap is an arch of brown silk like a vine with a floral sprig of pink flowers in the middle. Small sequins shaped in a three-petal form appear at each end and middle of arch. In center of arch is embroidered inscription done in brown silk “firm and true.” Whole edges in white silk cord.

INSCRIPTION: On page inside case, “To Adelaide/ From/ her attached friend/ Lavinia./ June 15th 1838.”
In pencil, “Aggie dS. Fries”.

Credit Line:
Old Salem Museums & Gardens