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Object ID # 1974.019.001abc
Object Name Kit, Button-polishing
Title C.W.A.C.'s Button-Polishing Kit
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Date 1945
Year Range from 1945
Year Range to 1946
Artist Corbet Manufacturing Co. Ltd.
Made Corbet Mfg. Co. Ltd.
Place of Origin Ottawa, Canada
Description Canadian Women's Army Corps (C.W.A.C.) uniform button polishing kit, W.W.#2. This is a khaki denim fabric storage roll (A), that still has its button-cleaning brush (B), and a brass polish guard (C). The roll has a wide flat pocket inside, and there are green khaki ties. On the outside of a flap area, in black ink, is "W. 22615 / Henry, A. M.".
Makers mark Printed in green on the inside of a pocket: "...CORBET MFG. CO. LIMITED OTTAWA 1945".
Provenance Owned by A. May Henry who came from the Chatsworth area of Grey County. During the Second World War, she joined the Canadian Army Women's Corps [C.W.A.C.], which was created in 1941, and disbanded in 1946. She enlisted at Toronto in 1944. She served at Halifax, with her last rank that of Captain. She was discharged in Oakville, Ontario in July, 1946.
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Source: THE PATHS THAT LED TO HOLLAND: A HISTORY OF HOLLAND TOWNSHIP. VOLUME II, p. 326.
Collection Military, 20th-c Collection
Material Khaki Denim/Wood/Brass/Thread/Ink
Dimensions W-27 L-43.5 cm
Found Holland Centre, Township of Chatsworth, Grey County
People Henry, May
Subjects Buttons (Fasteners)
Uniforms
Search Terms Canadian Women's Army Corps (C.W.A.C.)
Function This military style kit was needed for the CWACs to polish the brass buttons on their uniforms. A polish guard was often referred to as a "button stick".