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Ohio Finds! Peaseware Sewing Caddy

Above: This sewing caddy, treasured by collectors across the United States, was made by David Mills Pease in Ohio during the second half of the 19th century.

During the 19th century, girls were expected to learn rudimentary skills needed at a time when many families could not afford store-bought clothing. Needle, thread and cloth were at the heart of any project, but home seamstresses found ways to add a bit of polish to a sewing room through items such as figural pincushions and sewing boxes.

Check out this month's column featuring Fascinating Objects from Our Past.

Originally published in the March-April 2022 issue of Ohio Magazine.

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