"A linnen pockett, a prayer book and five keys": approaches to a history of women’s tie-on pockets
Burman, Barbara (2007) "A linnen pockett, a prayer book and five keys": approaches to a history of women’s tie-on pockets. In, Hayward, Maria and Kramer, Elizabeth (eds.) Textiles and Text: Re-establishing the Links between Archival and Object-based Research. 3rd International Conference of the AHRC Research Centre for Textile Conservation and Textile Studies London, UK, Archetype, 157-163. (Postprints of the Annual Conference of the AHRC Research Centre for Textile Conservation and Textile Studies 3).
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This paper introduces the AHRC-funded ‘Pockets of History’ study of the production and consumption of women’s tie-on pockets in Britain from c.1690 to 1914. It outlines the range of material, visual and textual sources used in the study and its findings from the large group of extant pockets it documented. The essay then uses two contrasting texts to extend understanding of the usage and social life of this pocket form and links these textual sources with the material evidence. First, examples of eighteenth century records of criminal court proceedings are used to demonstrate their role in uncovering the kind of small possessions carried by women in their pockets. Second, nineteenth century stitched and inked marks on surviving pockets are situated within the practices of household economy and management. Whilst these texts show how pockets were used and reveal aspects of their social significance, the essay also questions to what degree these sources can reveal the subjective experience of the users.
|Item Type:||Book Section|
|Keywords:||pocket, pockets of history, criminal court proceeedings, household economy|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
|Divisions:||University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Art
|Date Deposited:||03 Sep 2007|
|Last Modified:||02 Mar 2012 13:31|
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