Vivid vegetable dyed colors are typical of 18th century work such as this pocketbook. This one uses shades of indigo, cochineal, & osage orange dyed wool for the surface embroidery, including the solidly worked green background.
Functioning rather like wallets in the eighteenth century, these useful cloth cases were made in many different materials and techniques. Fine tent stitch and solidly worked crewel were the most difficult and time consuming to execute. This example is based on a period artifact worked in these colors and this kind of embroidery.
Generally made by women or girls, they were usually carried by men and contained documents as often as currency. As modern clothing is not equipped with the roomy pockets they require, they are more useful in the present day to historical re-enactors and as accessories in period office scenes. They also make a nice small evening bag.
8 x 4.25 inches