Copyright Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield, MA

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Women's and girl's pockets in the 18th century were not attached to their clothing. They were detachable pouches worn under gowns and tied around the waist with cords. Pockets varied in size and decoration and were often worn in pairs. Gowns had slits in their sides for access to these holders of personal or valuable items. Even a beautiful crewel embroidered pocket such as the example seen here was not meant to be seen. Nonetheless, embroidering a pocket served as good practice for refining one's needlework skills. Embroidery was an essential part of female education throughout the 18th century.

Date: 1760 - 1780 
Topic: Personal 
Materials: Crewel wool, linen
Dimensions: H: 15.75 in. (40 cm.), W: 10.75 in. (27.3 cm.) 
Accession #: 1915.18.04

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