Pocket, Britain

Pocket, Britain

Pocket
Britain
1700-25
T.730:B-1913

A single pocket of linen is adorned with wool embroidery. This reflects the tradition of British crewel work of the late 1600s and early 1700s. However the pointed ends of the petals and leaves show the influence of Indian printed cottons. The embroidery motifs mirror each other on either side of the pocket, but are asymmetrical enough to suggest they were drawn free-hand. Around the pocket opening is a design imitating the kind of gadrooned metal scroll used for both protection and decoration on furniture of the period.

There is a slight angle to the top of the pocket implying that it might align to one or other side of the body. It is not clear from the documentation about pockets and images of women wearing them whether they were tied at the front or the back of the waist.

Back view of pocket and further information.