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Object ID 1959.009.004
Object Name Kit, Needlework
Collection Household/Domestic
Credit line Gift of Miss Alice P. Smyth
Date circa 1850
Made attributed to Benjamin Ferris
Description Lidless sewing box with a molding around the top and bottom and five interior compartments of varying sizes. Two of the compartments contain five brass rods each for holding spools of thread. The largest central compartment has a hand-written paper label that describes the history and relic value: "John Sharpless, of Ratherton in the county of Palatine in Chester / in England, came to America in the same ship with William Penn, in 1682, / and landed at Upland, a Swedish settlement on the western shore of the Delaware, / since called Chester. He settled near that place with his family and from him / have descended the families of that name in Chester and Delaware counties in / Pennsylvania and in other parts of the United States. The wood of which this box / is made is part of a chest he brought with him from England."

Dimensions H-2.75 W-6.125 L-8.5 inches
Provenance The donor was related to the Ferris and Canby families.
Subjects Sewing equipment & supplies
People Ferris, Benjamin
Search Terms Souvenirs
Sewing Boxes
John Sharpless
Benjamin Ferris
Material Oak; brass hardware