Collecting American samplers in Southern California

Pocketbook

By Elisabeth Fellows, 1776

Wool on linen, cotton; 4 ½ by 8 . inches. Fielding Collection.

Pocketbooks such as this one were used by both men and women in the eigh­teenth century. While men's purses were used to carry coins, bills, paper money, invoices, and receipts, women typically used theirs for jewelry, sewing implements, and other personal items. Often an owner's name or initials were stitched into the purse to facilitate its return if lost or stolen. Adver­tisements for lost pocketbooks frequently appear in eighteenth-century newspapers.

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[Compiled by Bill Stern, Executive Director at the Museum of California Design, Los Angeles. Originally published in "Curator's Eye" in Modern Magazi

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