18th century: Pockets

Pockets from the 18th century.
1750-1800, America - Pocket - Cotton, linen, wool, Silk; Wool yarns embroidered on linen, initialed "M W"

1750-1800, America - Pocket - Cotton, linen, wool, Silk; Wool yarns embroidered on linen, initialed "M W"

Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Woman's Pocket: 16"x12", printed cotton plain weave, twill tape, acc no. 1966-153-12

Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Woman's Pocket: 16"x12", printed cotton plain weave, twill tape, acc no. 1966-153-12

flamestitch linen pocket, "B.L. 1766", England

flamestitch linen pocket, "B.L. 1766", England

Pair of linen thigh pockets embroidered in flame-stitch with date and initials, England,1766 From the 17th century until the 19th century women wore wide skirts without pockets. This fashion dilemma was remedied by wearing one or two so-called thigh pockets: loose bags worn on the uppermost underskirt, tied around the waist with a ribbon. These pockets were accessed through a slit in the side of the dress or skirt.

Pair of linen thigh pockets embroidered in flame-stitch with date and initials, England,1766 From the 17th century until the 19th century women wore wide skirts without pockets. This fashion dilemma was remedied by wearing one or two so-called thigh pockets: loose bags worn on the uppermost underskirt, tied around the waist with a ribbon. These pockets were accessed through a slit in the side of the dress or skirt.

SilkBrocade's Passion for Fashion: New England Lady's Pocket, c.1760

SilkBrocade's Passion for Fashion: New England Lady's Pocket, c.1760

Woman's pocket. The pocket is faced with large triangles of printed cottons and linens - one piece of blue resist, three pieces of white lined cotton embroidered with colored silks. The pocket is lined with blue and white checked linen and backed with bleached linen. Opening on front 9" long. All edges bound. No tape remaining. ca. 1800. 17 1/2" long x 12 1/2" wide

Woman's pocket. The pocket is faced with large triangles of printed cottons and linens - one piece of blue resist, three pieces of white lined cotton embroidered with colored silks. The pocket is lined with blue and white checked linen and backed with bleached linen. Opening on front 9" long. All edges bound. No tape remaining. ca. 1800. 17 1/2" long x 12 1/2" wide

Patchwork pocket, late 1700s- early 1800s © The Trustees of the National Museums of Scotland

Patchwork pocket, late 1700s- early 1800s © The Trustees of the National Museums of Scotland

Early Sewing Pocket, American, late 18th or early 19th c.

Early Sewing Pocket, American, late 18th or early 19th c.

18th century Block Printed Pocket Block printed linen pocket, signed HVV, with a wonderful assortment of brown, pink/red, and blue clothing and furnishing prints. VG condition, missing one tie. New England, 4th Quarter 18th c.

18th century Block Printed Pocket Block printed linen pocket, signed HVV, with a wonderful assortment of brown, pink/red, and blue clothing and furnishing prints. VG condition, missing one tie. New England, 4th Quarter 18th c.

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