Hat box filled with tools and materials from Mae's Millinery Shop

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Compiled by
Reeves, Mae, American, 1912 - 2016
Owned by
Reeves, Mae, American, 1912 - 2016
Subject of
Mae's Millinery Shop, American, 1941 - 1994
Medium
plastic, cloth, metal, and paper
Dimensions
H x W x D: 12 13/16 x 12 x 12 in. (32.5 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm)
Type
textiles
buttons (fasteners)
pins (fasteners)
scissors
needles
patterns (guides)
sewing tools and equipment
hatboxes
Place collected
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Date
1941-1994
Description
Hat box without lid (a) made from a pasteboard bottom printed in cream and gold stripes, and clear plastic sides. The container was used by Mae Reeves to hold the following items:
(b): Published paper sewing pattern by Kandel Knits for a mini cape, pattern number 653.
(c): Pair of metal scissors with black painted handles.
(d): Metal tracing wheel with a marbled cream plastic handle. Made by Dritz.
(e): Ziploc bag containing a black and white plaid ribbon bow and nine (9) cards wrapped with various finishing tapes and trims.
(f): Ziploc bag containing seven (7) cards wrapped in black lace, one (1) length of loose black lace, one (1) length of rolled white fabric trim, and one (1) cream lace collar.
(g): Ziploc bag containing six (6) cards of buttons and seventeen (17) loose buttons, all of various colors and sizes.
(h): Ziploc bag containing three (3) papers of straight pins, one (1) paper of sewing needles, one (1) case of Singer machine sewing needles, one (1) bag of white sequins, one (1) bag of teal sequins, and two (2) loose gold sequins.
(i): Seven (7) fake flowers loose in the hat box, including six (6) peach roses and one (1) white carnation on a plastic stem with a pinback attached to it.
Topic
African American
Business
Fashion
Women
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Donna Limerick
Object number
2016.48.106a-i
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title
Mae's Millinery Shop Collection
Classification
Tools and Equipment-Crafting-Artistic-Image-making
Exhibition
Power of Place
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Community/Third Floor, 3 051
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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