Embroidered pocket, ca. 1775. Because most American women’s clothing in the 18th century lacked fixed pockets, detachable pockets such as these were tied around thewaist and worn either over a dress or under an overskirt. Decorated in a variety of patterns, including the combination of the flame and diamond-within-diamond designs seen here, they were used to carry a great variety of items, from keys and papers to sewing implements and tools.
A fine 18th Century N.E. flame stitch pocketbook made for Elizabeth Baldwin born in MA. Baldwin family were among the early settlers of Saxon origin, descendants of Mitilda, married William the Conqueror.