Pocketbook

Rectangular envelope-style flat "souvenir" wallet. White satin, embroidered with polychrome silks and gold metallic threads. Design: front: naturalistic flowers and scrolling gold leaves showing influence from Baroque Europe, under flap inscribed: "Constantinople/1775"; back: unidentified coat of arms showing pink and blue shield bearing striding lion, above shield: plumed helmet surmounted by rampant lion. Embroidery stitches include: satin stitch, long and short stitches, French knot, laid and couched, raised work, darning stitch. Salmon silk lining and side panels, two thin cardboard dividers inside covered in same lining. Metallic galloon binding.

Provenance

Elizabeth Day McCormick collection; Gift to the MFA, October 14, 1943

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection

Pocketbook

  • Turkish (for the European market), 1755
Constantinople (for the European market), Turkey
Dimensions
Overall: 14.7 x 25.5cm (5 13/16 x 10 1/16in.)
Medium or Technique
Silk embroidered with silk and metallic threads, metal purl, flat metal strips, chain
Classification
Costumes
Accession Number
43.1118
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