Gardner Pocketbook 1755
Origin and date: American 18th century
Linen count and finished size: 35-count, 10-5/8″x4-1/8″ when flat
Stitches: cross and eyelet
Source: Old Sturbridge Village
AMERICAN CANVASWORK POCKETBOOKS FROM THE COLLECTION OF OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE THE GARDNER POCKETBOOK OF 1755
This unusual worked pocketbook was made in Swansea, Massachusetts, in 1755, done in cross stitch. It is lined – as was typical – with pink worsted wool, and made with two broad interior pickets, permitting the piece to open fully. All edges were bound with red now faded to pink wool tape woven in a chevron pattern (reverse twill).