Sewing Stand

Daniel M. Snow

About 1875

Born in Jackson, Maine, Daniel Snow came to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1858, where he first lived with his sister Olive and her husband, James Lord Holt, a master carpenter. Snow eventually established himself in the hardware business, initially as D. M. Snow and Company, and later as the Snow-Tullis Hardware Company.

Snow was also an adept furniture maker, a skill he perhaps acquired from his brother-in-law. Around 1875, he crafted this elaborate sewing stand for his sister, Melinda A. Snow Soper, a talented seamstress and embroiderer. Influenced by a multi-layered type of Gothic revival architecture known as the wedding-cake style, each tier has eight drawers in which to store thread and sewing supplies, while the finial functions as a needle case.