This khaki sewing kit was carried by soldiers during the First World War and Second World War. They were also known as “Housewife” or “Huswife”. Continuing a growing trend starting in the 18th and 19th centuries, these compact sewing kits became standard army issue for soldiers to carry. They enabled the repair to uniforms as well as removing splinters or, if in dire needs, stitching up wounds*.
This kit shown to the right belonged to Sgt. Thomas Hammon #360. It contains: 7 assorted sewing needles, 19 brass tunic buttons, 6 brass pocket buttons, and 5 metal trouser buttons.
*Hyland House. hylandhouse.org/learn-our-story/museum-collection-objects-of-interest/the-huswife-a-colonial-travel-sewing-kit/