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Pair of pockets

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1700-1725 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered linen with silk thread, bound with silk ribbon, hand-sewn with linen thread

  • Credit Line:

    Given by J. L. Nevinson

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.86, 87-1938

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

In the 18th century, women's pockets were not sewn into their gowns. Instead they were attached to a tape and tied around the waist as separate garments. Worn under the hoops and petticoats, they were accessed through openings in the gown and petticoat seams.

This single surviving pocket is decorated with a yellow vermicelli ground and small floral motifs. The floral motifs show the influence of Indian printed textiles, while the squiggly background pattern known as vermicelli (Italian for 'little worms') comes from Indian embroidery. Similar patterns appear on British furnishing fabrics, usually larger and more complex in scale.

The top of the pocket is angled, suggesting that it might help orient the pocket along the waist. This would depend on which side it was worn on and whether the ties fastened at the front or back of the waist.

Physical description

Pair of pockets of embroidered linen with silk thread and bound with silk ribbon. The embroidery pattern includes a yellow vermicelli ground and small floral motifs. Hand-sewn with linen thread.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1700-1725 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Embroidered linen with silk thread, bound with silk ribbon, hand-sewn with linen thread

Dimensions

Height: 16 in each, Width: 9.25 in each

Descriptive line

Pair of pockets of embroidered linen with silk thread, England, 1700-1725

Materials

Linen; Linen thread; Silk thread

Techniques

Hand sewing; Hand embroidery

Subjects depicted

Flowers

Categories

Accessories; Embroidery; Clothing; Textiles; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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