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  • Place of origin:

    Russia (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1830 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk and linen, hand-sewn with silk and linen threads, embroidered with silk and bound with ribbon

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

During the 19th century, most fashionable gowns had pockets sewn into the seams of the skirt. Separate pockets were worn mainly by young girls, older women and working class women. They were also a feature of ethnic or regional costume.
This silk pocket was purchased in 1907 from a Russian dealer, along with a collection of other textiles from Russia. At the time it was thought to date from the reign of Catherine the Great (1762–1796). However, the style of the embroidery suggests a date in the early 19th century. The silk fabric is woven with a wide stripe of moiré (watered silk) and a narrow one of twill. A pattern of leaves and roses covers most of the pocket. A view of the back shows how bright the pink binding was originally. The front of the pocket is badly faded possibly due to overexposure to light.

Physical description

A pocket made of silk with a wide stripe of watered silk and a narrower one of twill. It is embroidered with a pattern of leaves and flowers in green, brown, white and pink silk and bound with pink silk thread. There is no tie.

Place of Origin

Russia (made)


1800-1830 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk and linen, hand-sewn with silk and linen threads, embroidered with silk and bound with ribbon

Object history note

Purchased in 1907 from a Russian dealer with other textiles from Russian.


Silk; Linen; Silk thread; Linen thread; Ribbon, silk


Hand sewing; Hand embroidery


Clothing; Textiles; Accessories


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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