Summary

Milwards Gold Seal needles in cardboard insert with plastic sleeve. Used by Kath Davis to make items for her glory box in the late 1930s.

Kath Davis began collecting items for her glory box when she started work at 17, living with her parents in Traralgon, and had competed her collection by around 1940.

Physical Description

Red and white cardboard packet open to contain 3 (remaining) sewing needles; Brand 'Milwards Gold Seal Needles, England'. Packet in plastic sleeve (possibly not original to this packet).

Significance

Glory boxes represented a significant rite of passage for many women growing up before, during and after World War Two. They provide a material symbol through which can be explored themes of artistry, sexuality, economy and cultural maintenance. Of particular interest is how glory boxes can be used to track the growing consumer culture after World War Two and how there was a shift from the hand made to the mass produced. The traditions cross time and cultures.

Kath Davis's box is significant for the strength of its documented story, and for its completeness in terms of survival of both the box and its collection.

More Information

  • Collecting Areas

    Home & Community

  • Acquisition Information

    Donation from Ms Kath Davis, 18/02/2005

  • User

    Ms Kath Davis, Traralgon, Latrobe Valley, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia, circa 1938

  • Inscriptions

    On front of packet: DOUBLE LONG 1/5/MILWARDS/GOLD SEAK/NEEDLES/NICKEL PLATED On back of packet: MILWARDS/GOLD SEAL/BEST QUALITY NEEDLES/MADE IN REDDITCH, ENGLAND

  • Classification

    Art & craft, Sewing, Hand tools

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline

    History

  • Type of item

    Object

  • Object Measurements

    9.7 cm (Length), 5.3 cm (Width), 0.3 cm (Depth)
    Measurements of entire packet (carboard insert inside plastic sleeve)

  • References

    Oral history interview, 2003 (disc and abbreviated transcript); references in 'The Glory Box: Origins, Symbols and Experiences', 1996 (masters thesis) and in 'The Glory Box: Marriage, Migration and Material Culture in Australia, 1930-1960' (phd thesis in progress) - all produced by Moya McFadzean

  • Keywords

    Glory Boxes, Marriage Customs & Rites, Sewing