Pair of pockets, Britain

Pair of pockets, Britain

Pair of pockets
Britain
1850-1900
Museum no. T.198&A-1958

Here is an example of a very plain, utilitarian pair of pockets of the late 19th century. Their large size (about 41 cm in length) indicates that many essentials could have been stuffed into them. An ink spot on one suggests it might once have held a pen. The pockets appear to have been cut without a pattern. They are not symmetrical vertically nor do they match each other as they would if cut together. The initials 'HA' embroidered on the back of one pocket probably identify their owner when sent to the laundry.

This is the only pair in the V&A's collection to have an interior compartment. A square of cotton has been sewn into the front of each to hold particular objects separate from the rest of the pocket contents.

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