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Pocketbook

Artist/Maker:
Maker Unknown
Place Made:
Salem North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
1825
Medium:
silk and linen
Dimensions:
LOA 5; WOA 3 1/4
Accession Number:
760.2
Description:
DESCRIPTION: Folding flame stitch pocketbook in greens and reds lined with green silk and divided into two compartments. One of two green silk ribbon ties remains. The edges were originally bound in dark blue ribbon.

The pocketbook is silk florentine embroidery, lined with green silk and divided into two compartments. One of the two green silk ribbon ties remains. Green was a traditional color of love, suggesting that this pocketbook may have been made for a man by a woman. (IMAGES OF FASHION, Paula Locklair 1989:12)

History:
LABEL NOTES: “The pocketbook is silk florentine embroidery, lined with green silk and divided into two compartments. One of the two green silk ribbon ties remains. Green was a traditional color of love, suggesting that this pocketbook may have been made for a man by a woman.” (Locklair, pg. 12). “Early in the century, the work was with silk on linen, and even though the colors have now faded, examination of the reverse side often proves the vibrancy of the colors.” (Welshimer in Bivins & Welshimer, pg. 59).
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Bahnson Gray