• This early crewel embroidered man's pocketbook is quite rare.  From my research, I only found 6 examples on the market in the last 20 years.  More common are the flamestitch wallets from the same period.
  • Crewel embroidery was popular in the mid 18th C.  This example has swirling stems and flowers in red and green with a big carnation centered on each side.  The embroidery is hand spun hand dyed wool on a linen background.
  • The inside is green linsey woolsey fabric.  The edges are bound in red twill tape on the outside edges and a red linsey woolsey fabric on the inside pocket edges.  
  • Inside the pocketbook are several small objects as well as the papers.  There is a 2" square red linsey woolsey "coin purse", hand sewn.  Inside that is a locket of hair in paper with the name Marriam's hair and on the inside Leona Cofrin and a tiny photo, also a tiny 3" quilt. There is also a tintype photo included.
  • The papers are mortgages and deeds properties in Berlin VT. Family names mentioned are Ellis, Coffrin and Gleason.
  • Measures 8" x 4 1/2" folded and 8" x 9" open.
  • Nice condition. Some fading to the outside, some moth damage to the inside lining.  Some wear and thread loss on the outside, see pics.
  • Inventory #TX 275

C1740s Crewel Men's Pocketbook

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