Artwork : ArchiveNo00111

Darning Kit 1941






Contributor Name June Cotsell
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Location Southsea
Collection Date 13.03.08 2.40pm
Artefact Name Darning Kit
Artefact Description 'Speed-weave' patent darner for darning silk, wool or linen (mainly used to darn socks). Wooden mushroom, row of steel hooks, instructions of how to use it also included. Chrome plated with brass needles. All contained in its original cardboard box. ‘British made’ inscribed. It cost three shillings and sixpence. All of this stored in canvas / woollen bag with the date 1941 stamped on it.
Stamped with the broad arrow (government issue).
Artefact Date 1941
Artefact Stored Kept in cupboard in plastic bag
Artefact Form

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Sample Taken Corner of box of lid
Sample Image

History of Artefact ‘The object came from my brother – John Gardner. He was in the navy during the war.’
Historian John Stedman
Previous Owners Brother, John Gardner
Special Memories ‘We used to knit socks years ago.’
‘I was in the women’s land army. We are only recently being recognised for our contributions. We worked from 6am – 11pm.’
‘I was very fond of my brother, we were close after my husband died. I looked after him when he was little. I was there when he died five years ago, I loved him very much.’
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