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Although pockets were attached to boys & men's clothing in the early 19th century, women and girls had to tie theirs on around their waists before donning their gowns. There were slits in the sides of gowns for access. Pockets often contained personal or valuable items and were thus worn hidden from sight. The cotton calico of this pocket was manufactured in a water-powered mill in the United States, whereas in the 18th century, most fabric was imported.


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Calico Pocket

date   1750-1800
height   15.5"
width   12.0"
process/materials   cotton
item type   Art/Decorative Arts - Textiles
accession #   #1915.18.05

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