We are delighted to offer this stunning rectangular envelope style pocket book wallet dating from the 1770 to 1790 period. French in origin and of single pocket construction this profusely decorated silk embroidered case would have held essential notes, bills and cards. In the year 1779, Queen Charlotte of England (who loved to sew) presented her dear friend Mary Delany with “a beautiful pocket case, the outside satin work'd with gold and ornaments with gold spangles, the inside lined with pink satin.” This pocketbook is now in The Royal Collection.
For ref see a very similar pocketbook to ours at the Fids Museum, also similar examples at all of the major world museums, The Met, LACMA, MFA Boston, Rijks Museum, Cooper Hewitt etc
The body of this all original 18th century pocketbook is made from very stiff and sturdy pasteboard/vellum. This was then covered in cream colored plain woven silk. The silk ground was then completely embroidered with polychrome silk thread flowers. We adore the remains of the original metal spangles and purl thread. To the central floral spray is a metal thread love heart with banner underneath. Within the banner are the remains of a very small word which is sadly now unreadable. To the reverse you can glimpse the original vibrancy of the polychrome silk threads and the original pink of the metal spangles. Lined in its original salmon pink plain woven silk with original woven binding around edges.
Size: Approx 7 3/8 inch (19 cm) wide by 4.25 inch (11 cm) tall. Images 2 to 15 are all taken in natural English daylight.
Condition: Good and sound but not pristine as you might expect after 240 years. There is wear, loss, dulling and squashing to some of the original metal spangles. One teeny hole in the silk to the reverse. Some fading to the original pink silk interior and one area of damage inner right corner. Original tie ribbon securer missing. Very minor dulling through handling seen to the cream silk ground seen to the edges.
Please stop a while and browse our antique pocketbooks, reticules and purses. We are very experienced in this field, having sold to world museums, private collections and both TV and film productions over the past 20 years.
FREE Air Tracked postage. Layaway to make this ancient treasure yours, 3 or 6 months.
18th Century Pocket Book, French Pocketbook, Embroidered Silk & Spangles, Circa 1780, Georgian AF
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