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Accession Number: 1924.38.14

Physical Description: Hand-sewn housewife or sewing kit comprised of soft coated-fabric case lined in fabric. Rectangular folded case of black-coated fabric resembling leather. Triangular front flap sewn with two string ties of brown cotton twill tape. Bound on all edges in dark blue wool. Kit unrolls to reveal hand-sewn interior of black silk over cotton lining. Interior compartments are, from top: needle storage flaps (3 scallop-edged wool prints), gathered pocket of blue/black checked silk, rectangular pincushion of raw wool with cardboard flap and adjacent thimble compartment; and coated fabric pocket overlaid with scissor compartment and cotton string ties. Pincushion’s flap is formed of a trimmed cardboard book cover with faint printing, covered in pale blue silk. Owner’s initials (P.R.H.) are embroidered in red chain stitch on interior of flap. Nineteen steel straight pins lodged in pincushion. One loose metal button stored in pocket.

History of Object: According to the Accessions Ledger, this housewife was carried by the donor?s father throughout the Civil War. Pierce R. Hobble was born in Ohio in 1838 and during the war fought with the 13th Ohio Infantry, Company D. The 13th?s service record includes the battles of Shiloh and Chickamauga, and Buell?s pursuit of Bragg. Hobble married Martha Martin after the war, and they lived for a time in Illinois and Indiana before coming to Kansas with their children during the late 1870s. Hobble made a living in Dodge City by operating a grocery store and bakery, working as a beekeeper, and serving as Justice of the Peace.

Date: Between 1861 and 1865

Dimensions (in cm): 47.00 (H) 18.50 (W) 2.00 (D) Dimensions are for unrolled kit.

Marks/Inscriptions: [embroidered in red on interior of flap] P R H

Index Terms

Associations and Subjects

    Use, Place of: Dodge City (Kan.)
    Use, Place of: Ford County (Kan.)
    Event: Civil War, 1861-1865
    Event: United States History Civil War, 1861-1865
    Individual: Hobble, Pierce R., 1838-1918
    Business / Organization: 13th Ohio Infantry
    Business / Organization: United States. Army. Ohio Infantry Regiment, 13th (1861-1865)

Status: Cataloged

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