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Throughout the 18th and early 19th centuries pockets were not attached to women's and girls' clothing. One or two pockets would have strings attached and would be tied on to the waist before the gown was put on. Gowns had slits in the side for access to pockets. Even a beautifully embroidered pocket such as the one depicted here, was not meant to be seen, as it sometimes contained personal or valuable items. Nonetheless, embroidering a pocket might serve as good practice for refining one's needlework skills.


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Embroidered pocket

creator   Unidentified
date   1760-1780
width   10.75"
height   15.75"
process/materials   wool, linen
item type   Art/Decorative Arts - Textiles
accession #   #1915.18.04

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