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”.