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Pocket

Pocket
1775-1800 (embroidered), 1840-1850 (printed), 1840-1850 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Pockets were often made from old clothes and leftover pieces of fabric. This example incorporates several fabrics of different dates. A late 18th century motif embroidered in metal thread on red silk adorns the pocket front. The printed cotton on the back is typical of the 1840s. A wide silk ribbon edges the pocket and opening, and yellow silk ribbon with picot edge forms the tie. This is one of three pockets in the collection with a horizontal opening instead of a vertical one.
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.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Silk, cotton hand-sewn with silk and linen threads, embroidered with silver and copper-gilt thread over parchment, with silver strip, silver spangles, foil and paste
Brief Description
Pocket, satin, cotton, embroidered, Germany, 1775-1800
Physical Description
A pocket made of materials of varying dates. The front comprises red silk embroidered with metal thread, spangles, foils and paste in the shape of crowned heart encircling a double-headed eagle. The back is made of printed cotton of the 1840s. The whole is bound with a silk ribbon and has silk ribbon ties.
Dimensions
  • Length: 11.75in
  • Width: 8.5in
Historical measurements taken from register.
Summary
Pockets were often made from old clothes and leftover pieces of fabric. This example incorporates several fabrics of different dates. A late 18th century motif embroidered in metal thread on red silk adorns the pocket front. The printed cotton on the back is typical of the 1840s. A wide silk ribbon edges the pocket and opening, and yellow silk ribbon with picot edge forms the tie. This is one of three pockets in the collection with a horizontal opening instead of a vertical one.

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.
Collection
Accession Number
1437-1871

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record createdDecember 20, 2004
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