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Object ID 1952.006.002
Object Name Wallet
Collection Costume and Accessories
Credit line Gift of Mrs. Christopher L. Ward
Date circa 1790
Description Colorful, hand-stitched needlework wallet that is worked in a flame stich with an overlapping diamond pattern in bright red, green, yellow, and brown. The initials "WH" are stitched at the center of one of the inside edges. The wallet has four interior compartments and a pale orange/peach silk lining.

Dimensions W-4.5 L-6.5 inches
Dimension Details closed dimensions; 9" wide open.
Owned William Hemphill
Provenance William Hemphill (1743-1823) was Wilmington merchant. Although primarily a West Indies trader, he entered the China trade in 1803 in partnership with Robert Ralston of Philadelphia. Hemphill's two sons, James and John, were also involved in his trading activities. The donor is related to the Bush family, who were in turn connected to the Hemphill clan.

Subjects Clothing & dress
Needlework
Wallets
People Hemphill, William
Search Terms William Hemphill
Wallets
Needlework
Eighteenth Century
Material Wool needlework; silk lining
Place of Origin Wilmington, DE