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Rare Needlework Pocket on Canvas, 1852, PA Dutch

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Rare Needlework Pocket on Canvas, 1852, PA Dutch
Superb and rare antique needlework pocket on canvas, probably Pennsylvania Dutch, dated 1852. 18th and 19th century pockets took the place of purses; they tied at the waist under skirts and aprons and held anything from keys to money to sewing supplies. The contents were accessed by a vertical slit at the front. This is an amazing piece of folk art: the cross stitch motifs include a stag lying beneath a tree, hearts, flowers initials, and a dog. The header, back and lining are plain linen. The pocket and slit are edged in green piping; there is a mother of pearl button at the bottom of the slit. This pocket is in very good condition considering it was probably used every day: there are some losses to the stitching and small holes in the piping; the waist ties are lacking; and it is quite soiled on the header and foxed on the back looks like someone might have stored lunch in there! Measures 10 by 6 3/4.


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