Pair of pockets, Britain

Pair of pockets, Britain

Pair of pockets
About 1745
Museum no. T:87:A&B-1978

This pair of quilted yellow silk pockets is part of an ensemble with a matching bodice. Such a bright shade of yellow was popular for women's dress from the 1740s to the 1770s. Many bodices and aprons of the mid-1700s used the technique of quilting for both decoration and warmth. An elaborate quilted scroll adorns the pocket edges, with a plain diaper pattern in the centre.

The top edge of each pocket is angled slightly, possibly to make the pockets sit correctly over the hips. Whether these were fastened in front or behind the waist is not yet clear from documentation and images of women wearing pockets.

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