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Pockets

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1700-1725 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen, hand-sewn with linen thread and embroidered in coloured silks, with silk ribbon and linen tape

  • Museum number:

    T.281&A-1910

  • 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.

Pockets of the early 18th century show a variety of influences in their embroidery designs. Some come from imported Indian textiles, others from various types of British needlework found on both dress and furnishings. The stitched pattern of overlapping circles seen here can also be seen on quilted bed and cushion covers. The spiky flowers and leaves and use of small floral motifs show the influence of Indian printed cottons. Typical of pocket embroidery is the placement of a border around the edge and the pocket opening with a repeated design filling the centre.

The arrangement of the colours defining the motifs is slightly different on each pocket.

Physical description

Linen pockets embroidered with silk thread, bound with green silk ribbon and attached to linen tape ties. The ground has been quilted in a pattern of overlapping circles and embroidered with floral motifs.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1700-1725 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Linen, hand-sewn with linen thread and embroidered in coloured silks, with silk ribbon and linen tape

Object history note

Purchased from the artist Talbot Hughes in 1910.

Materials

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

Techniques

Hand sewing; Embroidery

Categories

Accessories; Embroidery; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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