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Although pockets were attached to boys & men's clothing in the early 19th century, women and girls had to tie theirs on around their waists before putting on their gowns. There were slits in the sides of a gown so that a woman could get to her pocket. Pockets often contained personal or valuable things and so were worn hidden from sight. The cotton calico material of this pocket was made in a water-powered mill in the United States, but in the 18th century, most material was shipped to America from Britain.


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Calico Pocket

date   1750-1800
height   15.5"
width   12.0"
process/materials   cotton
item type   Art/Decorative Arts - Textiles
accession #   #1915.18.05

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