Tuesday, May 28

help please. . .mystery textile. . .



 
I've been trying to figure out what this antique costume piece is
and I'm completely stumped.
 
It was in a suitcase of Victorian undies I bought recently
at our local fleamarket.
 
If anyone has an idea, please put me out of my misery!
 
 
hand stitched antique white linen with a tiny x-stitch initial at the top,
one side has a slot which reaches 3/4 of the way down
 (I thought at first it might be to cover a bustle but
it's too small/the wrong shape) and the other side is plain.
 
Two tape ties are more than long enough to tie around a waist.

 
14" long x 7" at the widest point
 
Help!
xx
 

25 comments:

KC'sCourt! said...

I think it is a 'pocket'. Yes I probably realised you had worked that out, but it I think it was worn under the clothes to keep items safe.
http://www.vads.ac.uk/collections/POCKETS
Julie xxxxxxxxx

KC'sCourt! said...

............this nursery rhyme http://www.rhymes.org.uk/a118-lucy-lockett.htm
Julie xxxxxx

elegancemaison said...

I agree with Julie - fairly sure it'a a 'pocket'. It was my first thought on seeing it. I have ( somewhere!)a smaller, silk one which was sold as a souvenir as it's embroidered, " A trifle from Bath". I've also seen pictures of similar most recently in the book, "Handbags" by Anna Johnson. I'll bring it to the VB Rag in June if you'd like. Yours is a brilliant 'find' btw and I'd be interested in buying it. Cx

Vintage Tea Time said...

Oooh, I was so excited to 'comment' here, as I knew what that was - but folks got there before me! I picked up 3 a while ago (sold them on) and found out then what they were. Interesting. Our clothes now are so much simpler, aren't they? x

menopausalmusing said...

Dang! Others are there before me. Pretty sure I have seen one of these recently on travels round blogland.

Winkel's Crazy Ideas said...

I agree, remember reading about such "pockets". What a really fun find! Pam xx

The Cloth Shed said...

Yep....pocket it is!
Julie x

Rose H (UK) said...

It's the pocket that Lucy Locket lost!
X

Lazy Daisy Jones said...

Its a pocket like all the others said......!!
d xxx

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

Bib for a long baby?! :) x

OhSoVintage said...

Well I'm obviously wrong as my first thought was sanitary wear, before disposable towels were invented.

WILLIE........! said...

Well...I've done a little 'Googling' And yes it is an Apron/Pocket if you like....But, it's for a child. Did'nt say how old, but, for a child...! :).

Rachy said...

My thought was sanitary wear. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought this, even if I was wrong! :D

Plain Jane said...

Definitely a pocket - although I love VSA's suggestion of a bib for a long baby! You can find some really interesting history on the evolution of these pockets on the internet and - yes it does explain how Lucy Locket lost hers (could never work that out with modern day pockets!)

lynda said...

A pocket for wearing under your skirts, when skirts had none..I have two that go under my 18th century reenactment skirt..one on each side. The skirt has a tied waist with a top slitvat each side, so you hands can go right into the pockets...

Deborah said...

Not sure at all!

Bee happy x

Country Cottage Chic said...

I also think it is a pocket.

Annie said...

yes I agree it is a pocket, I saw one for the first time on the Antiques Roadshow only a week ago. It was worn underneath the top skirts which had slits in them so you could reach in to your pocket.
Ann x

WinnibriggsHouse said...

I wouldn't have had a clue. So glad I popped by to see how you're doing. All this education I'm picking up, who says we bloggers are just time wasters! Thanks one and all very interesting.

the woolly dog said...

OK it's a pocket, but I'm afraid I'll have to own up and join the other two weirdos whose first thought was that it was for sanitary wear.♥

allhorsestuff said...

I Do Think It's A Pocket, Like Most The Others...But,I Believe It's For Clothes Pins.
KK

lynda said...

Nope..they were monogrammed for personal use and the long bit goes around the waist and ties. It is reinforced against wear. They were used WAY before clothes pins were invented!

ted and bunny said...

thankyou so much everyone for taking the time and trouble to comment, help me out, (and make me chuckle) with this one.
I feel a bit embarrassed not to have known it was something so simple!
I'm patting my pocket; how lovely to have something so practical, so everyday, and so carefully preserved- a real piece of social history.
xx

nilly said...

I'm way too late to show off! Your followers certainly know their textiles & costume. I wish I had a pocket!

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

A woman wore such a pocket that was hidden beneath slits in the side of her skirt. In it she may carry a little needle kit with thread to mend at a moments notice, perhaps a farthing or two, the key to the tea caddie (tea was an expensive commodity) or sugar chest and whatever was important to her in her daily life...
I guess you'd say it was the prelude to the purse.
Susan x

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