Envelope pocketbook

Crewelwork embroidery
Pocket book

Made for Dr. Lemuel Hayward (American, 1749–1821)

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


14 x 19.8 x 5.8 cm (5 1/2 x 7 13/16 x 2 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool embroidery on linen ground with glazed wool lining, wool twill tape binding and silk ribbon

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Personal accessories

Cream colored linen, solidly worked with wool in “Roumanian” or “Oriental” stitch (also called New England laid stitch). Design: on back and front conventionalized flowering plant worked in green, several shades of red and pink, yellow, blue, black, and white, the background worked in red and reddish brown. The letters “L.H.” (probably Lemuel Hayward) and the date “1768” worked in green near the top. Divided into three compartments, and lined with glazed pink wool (“tammy”). Bound with pink woolen tape with an extra wide tie of yellowish green silk ribbon. Worn and eaten in spots.


Owned by Boston physician Dr. Samuel Lemuel Hayward (1749-1821); Given by his daughter Mrs. Harriet S. Wyman (1803-1883) of Wayland to Lemuel Shaw (1781-1861); Gift of Mrs. Henry K. Metcalf to the MFA, May 2, 1935

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Henry K. Metcalf