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Double pocketbook

American
1787


Object Place: Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

28.1 x 24 x 2.2 cm (11 1/16 x 9 7/16 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

1976.663

Medium or Technique

Silk embroidery on linen plain weave with silk plain weave lining and paper card interlining

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Double pocketbook with two sections per side; solidly embroidered with silk threads in Irish (or Florentine) stitch; purple background with polychrome floral motifs; green silk lining; “November 3, 1787” embroidered in dark gray within beige band across left edge; contains paper with poem (see notes for text)

Inscription

Embroidered in Irish stitch across left edge: "NOVEMBER 3, 1787"

Provenance

Bequet to the MFA, 1976

Credit Line

Bequest of Barbara Boylston Bean