|Collection||Costume and Accessories|
|Credit line||Gift of Mrs. Christopher L. Ward|
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.|
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.
Clothing & dress
|Material||Wool needlework; silk lining|
|Place of Origin||Wilmington, DE|