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For most of the 18th and early 19th centuries pockets for women and girls were not connected to their clothing. One or 2 pockets would have strings attached and would be tied on to the waist before the gown was put on. A gown had slits in the sides so that a woman could get to her pockets. Even a pretty embroidered pocket such as this one, was not meant to be seen, as it sometimes had inside personal or valuable things. Still, embroidering a pocket might serve as good practice for improving one's sewing 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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