Shirt, 1816-1817, American, Made of linen ~ This shirt was created, from the linen fiber to the finished garment, by the donor's great-grandmother, Elizabeth Wild Hitchings, for her husband Benjamin Hitchings, a sea captain, in 1816. It was common practice for a wife or servant to hand stitch family members' shirts prior to the mid-19th century, but rarely was such handiwork recorded, making this case rare and intriguing.

Shirt, 1816-1817, American, Made of linen ~ This shirt was created, from the linen fiber to the finished garment, by the donor's great-grandmother, Elizabeth Wild Hitchings, for her husband Benjamin Hitchings, a sea captain, in 1816. It was common practice for a wife or servant to hand stitch family members' shirts prior to the mid-19th century, but rarely was such handiwork recorded, making this case rare and intriguing.

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