Pockets, 1790-1810

Summary

Until the early 19th century, pockets weren't sewn into women's gowns. Pockets were separate, tied around a lady's waist where they would hang between her skirt and her petticoat. The wearer put her hand through a slit in her skirt's side seam to reach into her pocket. Pockets weren't meant to be seen -- yet they were often embellished with textiles or embroidery.

Until the early 19th century, pockets weren't sewn into women's gowns. Pockets were separate, tied around a lady's waist where they would hang between her skirt and her petticoat. The wearer put her hand through a slit in her skirt's side seam to reach into her pocket. Pockets weren't meant to be seen -- yet they were often embellished with textiles or embroidery.

Artifact

Pocket (Costume accessory)

Date Made

1790-1810

Creators

Unknown

Place of Creation

United States, New York, Port Washington 

Henry Ford Museum
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Collections Platform

Object ID

35.596.3

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Linen (Material)
Cotton (Textile)

Technique

Hand sewing

Dimensions

Width: 12 in

Length: 16.5 in

Inscriptions

JhM cross stitched on back of pockets

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