Viola Sourbeer Stickell’s Jewelry Box

Aunt Mary you’ve done so much work, writing and making notes, and wrapping and securing. Thank you so much for your generosity. In this post, I’ve got photos of Viola Frances Sourbeer Stickell’s sewing box with jewelry.

Ms. Viola was born on March 22nd, 1889 in Harrisburg, PA. She married Ira Guy Stickell, born October 5th, 1890, in Williamson PA. They were married August 13th, 1913 in Harrisburg, PA. (For those of you doing the math — I know I do — She was a little bit older than him and got married at age 23.)

An aside, let’s be clear that when Viola married Ira, women were not yet allowed to vote. That didn’t happen until August 18th, 1920 with the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution but even then it was only white women. Black women (Viola was white, but this is important) were not allowed to vote in some states until the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Here’s the unveiling of Viola’s sewing box:



Here’s a better view.


With the markings inside… Some googling tells me that these Standard Specialty Company products are from the 40’s and 50’s. I’ll have to ask Aunt Mary what she knows about the container. Viola passed in 1942, so there is more to this story! Nonetheless, this box holds some really special things.


This is amazing:


And this:




And this:


And have you EVER seen anything this beautiful? (You had great taste, Viola!)


And this beauty of a bracelet that actually fits my wrist:


And what on earth is this? Dare I post this publicly? It comes apart.


Lemme know if you recognize this ^ thing, okay? Also, I clearly need a manicure.


One thought on “Viola Sourbeer Stickell’s Jewelry Box

  1. The last item is a sewing needle case. The ring boxes are only for packing purposes, they have no significance. The sewing box was purported to me by my Mother to have been her mother’s. The bracelet was worn by my Mother on all special occasions and practically every Sunday. I wore it on my wedding day. Aunt Mary

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