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Object ID # 1974.019.006abcd
Object Name Kit, Needlework
Title Soldier's Sewing Kit
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Year Range from 1914
Year Range to 1918
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Ottawa, Canada
Description Man's military kit for shoe polish, etc., W.W.#1. It is roll-style kit, 35.1 cm long when unrolled, 11 cm wide. It is heavy khaki cotton and apparently was used for holding a soldier's sewing equipment or shoeshining materials for both? There are three pockets inside. Stamped on the upper end is "..../OTTAWA / CANADA". the roll has two 23 cm long khaki ties. Kept inside is a small piece of tailor's wax (for waxing sewing thread), a rusty tailor-style thimble (open-topped), and a group of fabric swatches sewn together. This roll had belonged to the donor's brother during the First World War. Kit consists of: a) roll-up pouch, b) open thimble, c) beeswax, d) sewn fabric for polishing.
Makers mark Stamped on the upper end inside is "..../OTTAWA / CANADA".
Provenance Belonged Private John Henry from Chatsworth, Grey County, who served during the First World War. Passed to his sister, May Henry.

Collection Military, 20th-c Collection
Material Cotton/Dye/ hread/Wax/Steel/Ink
Dimensions W-11 L-35.1 cm
Found Holland Township (formerly), Township of Chatsworth, Grey County
People Henry, John
Subjects World War I (First World War/The Great War)