Saturday, December 14, 2013

Early 18th Century Linen Pocket

From the seller:

Antique Linen Pocket - 17th Century - Rare

Plain and simple and extremely scarce. Linen pockets were necessities for those living in the Colonial era and used by men and women.

This pocket was made from unbleached homespun linen and probably sometime around 1675-1700.

The pocket was hand stitched and has a braided cord for tying around the waist.

Measures about 12 1/2 inches x 13 3/4 inches. Cords are around 24 inches long and made of cotton, probably replacing the original ties.

Fabric has darkened from age and has some spotting.

From Me:

I wanted something very cool but simple for my 1600th post. :-) I hope you agree that this works!

I don't think it's quite that old. The style is consistent with pockets during the first half of the 18th Century. Here are some examples of similar cuts:

1740's -1760's Pockets
1700-1725 Pocket Backs
1720-1750 Pockets

So, based upon my research, I'm putting these in the 1720's.

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