Pair of pockets, Britain

Pair of pockets, Britain

Pair of pockets
Britain
1700-25
Museum no. T.697:B&C-1913

This pair of pockets is worked in coloured wool on linen, bound with wool tape, with linen ties. The embroidery designs on each are similar but not identical, suggesting both were hand-drawn. The motif of flowers growing from pots was a popular one in British embroidery from 1700 to 1750, and can be found on aprons and petticoats. The use of wool in shaded colours evolved from crewel work (wool embroidery) of the late 1600s. This example is very simple in design and possibly the work of an amateur.

The pockets may have been passed on to another person who found them too small. Each pocket has been extended at the top by about 4 cms.

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