Pocket, Britain

Pocket, Britain

Pocket
Britain
1840-50
Museum no. T.87:2-1999

The 1840s saw the beginning of a long transition period. Dressmakers began sewing pockets into the seams of women's dresses. But from surviving examples, paintings and literature, it is clear that many women continued to wear separate pockets. This is the type of pocket we are familiar with today, one intended to be part of a garment. It forms one piece of an unpicked dress of the 1840s. The glazed cotton pocket is lined along the opening with the green silk of the dress, so that it would show when the pocket is used.

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