I demand to have one of these in my life!
“Standing eight and one-half inches tall is a marvelous example of a Ladies Sewing Companion, for which the plans for making one could be found in the popular periodicals of the day. Circa 1865, details include a very pretty parian shoulderhead with nicely modeled blonde hair, a black-painted hairband and beautifully painted features. On a cloth body that is fitted with bisque limbs including flat feet that wear black slippers, she is handsomely costumed in a crisp lawn blouse and a red wool skirt. The skirt features delicate black feather stitching that is studded with cut steel beads, and do not miss the shaped pocket in front that was obviously designed to house a folder of sewing needles. A black leather holster which contains a pair of bird beak scissors is hung from her waist, while a blue silk sash punctuates the ensemble. Matching blue silk ribbon was used on the Scottish style black leather tam that she wears upon her head.
Interestingly, items such as this were offered at American Sanitary Fairs in the years of the Civil War as souvenirs, the proceeds from which would be used to do charitable deeds for the soldiers. We are sure, that if this companion could speak, she would have quite a tale to share.