The hussif underneath is a rare object. First a sampler was worked, perhaps than a needlework picture or maybe some applied household needlework. This girl choose to make her own richely decorated sewing-kit. There are not many around from this age. Perhaps because they were used so many times that most did not survive? Or maybe not that many were made?
The names given to the object are interesting: houswife, hussif, huswife, rolsampler, sewing case or kit. I cannot think of a Dutch (huiswijf?) or German word. We will call it just hussif, although this is likely not even a real word. It probably came from the pronunciation of the word huswife.
(former Ex Antiques, now private collection)
This hussif was very finely made with colorful silks by Margaret Rickland in 1740, possibly England. Size is 10 x 38 cm. The picture shows the front and back. It seems that the left with a rather formal border and static flowers was the outside, and that when rolled up, the finer and more joyfull part on the right was the inside.
The openings of the pockets can bee seen on both sides. The linen is particular fragile and somewhat damaged around these parts. The felt tongue is hanging out and fortunately the hussif is not in use anymore yet kept between glass.
I would love to see Margaret's other work too!