Woman's Embroidered Pocket

Pear-shaped pocket complemented by several sizes of stylized carnations set against vivid shades of blue and green and enlivened by small scattered diamonds and white accents.

Artist/maker unknown, American

Made in United States, North and Central America

Mid- 18th century

Linen plain weave with wool and silk embroidery in Irish stitch, checked linen plain weave; linen plain weave ties; silk tape binding

16 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches (42.5 x 29.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Hampton L. Carson, 1930

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In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, pockets were worn tied around the waist either singly or in pairs and could be reached through slits in the dress and petticoats. Although hidden, they were often decorative; these two examples show the use of colorful embroidery and piecing.