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Huswife/ Housewife/ Hussif

Old 04-01-2023, 03:12 PM
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RedGarnet222, I think of an etui as a hard case, with scissors, maybe needles and thimble, but possibly with nail care implements, but not having thread, buttons or pins. The thing that was attached to a waistband is called a chatelaine as seen at https://www.antiquetrader.com/.image...lainemain2.jpg

Hopefully this link will work. How to make a Housewife starts at the bottom of this page https://archive.org/details/unitedst.../n127/mode/1up It is from 1865. It describes how to make a housewife for the soldiers during the civil war. I also found some other sites that talk about a housewife at https://barbarabrackman.blogspot.com...ousewives.html https://www.civilwar.si.edu/soldiering_housewife.html about 1/3 the way down "The comfort-bag or housewife, familiarly known as "hussy," was so much a necessary part of every well-provided soldier's equipment, " at http://genealogytrails.com/wis/milit...n_inthewar.htm Then there are a couple of pages with definitions of Civil war terms at https://www.nps.gov/vick/learn/educa...-war-terms.htm and https://www.battlefields.org/glossary-civil-war-terms#H

Courtney, a member of our Colorado Get-together group, did a document that describes it and how he has made them. His is about 9"x4".

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