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Pair of pockets

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1700-1725 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen twill, hand sewn with linen thread and embroidered with wool, wool tape and linen tape

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Messrs Harrods Ltd.

  • Museum number:

    T.697:B, C-1913

  • 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.
On this pair of pockets, the embroidery designs on each are similar but not identical, suggesting both were hand-drawn. The motif of flowers growing from pots was a popular one in British embroidery from 1700 to 1750, and can be found on aprons and petticoats. The use of wool in shaded colours evolved from crewel work (wool embroidery) of the late 1600s. This example is very simple in design and possibly the work of an amateur.
The pockets may have been handed down to another person who found them too small. Each pocket has been extended at the top by about 4 cms.

Physical description

A pair of linen twill pockets embroidered in yellow, green and pink wool, bound with green wool tape with linen tape tie. Each pocket has been lengthened at the top by about 4 cm.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1700-1725 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Linen twill, hand sewn with linen thread and embroidered with wool, wool tape and linen tape

Object history note

Given by Messrs. Harrods in 1913. Part of a very large collection of historical dress bought by them from the artist Talbot Hughes who amassed the objects in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Historical significance: An example of an early 18th century pair of women's pockets. These pair illustrate that they were altered later possibly for someone taller with larger hands.


Linen; Linen thread; Linen tape; Wool tape


Hand sewing; Hand embroidery


Textiles; Accessories; Clothing; Embroidery; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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