Original Civil War “Housewife” I.D.ed “Foster 30th MS Infantry”. A “Housewife” was a sewing kit given to a Civil War soldier by his wife, mother, or sister. They were generally hand-made by the lady giver. They would have all the supplies necessary for a soldier to repair and mend his cloths. This example is made from cotton, silk, and leather. The kit is rolled and placed into a haversack or knapsack this example is tied with a piece of silk ribbon and is in excellent condition. It has the stenciled name “Foster and 30th MS Infantry. Could be Mississippi or Massachusetts. Gettysburg Museum Certified (COA) provided.