Soldier's Housewife [#203]

Soldier's Housewife [#203]

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This fascinating little item is copied from one in the possession of the Valley Forge Historical Society. It is made from the tip of an antler and was used for the almost daily chore of mending moccasins when the wearer was travelling. The little "bobbin" allowed the thread to unwind from the smooth surface of the horn if the thread was very loosely wound on it. The modern Revolutionary soldier or rifleman probably won't need these for mending footwear, but we can testify from personal experience that a suitable source of sewing materials is a "must" for keeping buttons on 18th century clothing!

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