Mid 18th century embroidered pocket was on display at the Museum of Costume in Bath, England. The exhibit is called The Pockets of History and explores the ‘making, using, nature, function and significance of pockets from the 18th C to the time they eventually died out in the early 20th C.’

Apparently, women would have a pair of pockets that would be separate from their dress and worn under their petticoats. Openings in the side seams of their dress would give them access to their pockets.

There is an inordinate amount of info online on the V&A’s site about the pocket exhibit, including pix of pockets, how-to-wear pockets, contents of pockets, buying and losing pockets, and a pattern & instructions for making a pocket…my gosh, more pocket info than I thought existed!

Pockets of History

The Pockets of History collection contains new digital photographs of over three hundred tie-on pockets of the 1700 and 1800s, with overviews and close-ups of details. The photographs come from the first survey ever made of women’s tie-on pockets surviving in Britain. Very few have been photographed before.



Source:  http://americanduchess.blogspot.com/2012/06/ive-been-embroidering-on-and-off-since.html


Source:  http://americanduchess.blogspot.com/2012/05/v126-colonial-williamsburg-pocket-for.html


Source:  https://brocadegoddess.wordpress.com/exhibition-proposal/


Scottish, early to mid 18th Century Pocket. American Duchess:Historical Costuming: V160: Progress on My 18th c. Pocket…and Then More Pockets! | Historical Costuming and sewing of Rococo 18th century clothing, 16th century through 20th century, by designer Lauren Reeser

Source:  https://www.pinterest.com/laancienregime/18th-century-embroidered-pockets/


Source:  http://romanticrecollections.com/2012/01/new-years-update/


Source:  http://cursewordsandcrinolines.blogspot.com/2012/05/18th-century-embroidered-pockets.html


Source:  http://frolickingfrocks.blogspot.com/2013/07/regency-reticule.html


Source:  http://mouseborgdesigns.blogspot.com/2013/01/embroidered-strawberry-pockets.html


Source:  http://www.jennylafleur.com/diary/pocket06.htm

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