A: Pretty things, of course!
Specifically, I’ve found two lovely things from the 18th Century which a Person of Quality might keep in their pockets…
The first, is bringing me out in ‘I Want’ sweats… When you see it, you’ll understand why…
Isn’t this all kinds of gorgeous??? Yes, it is three questionmarks’ worth of loveliness! That colour, that embroidery and, Perhaps my favourite part is the wording on the two sides:
Apparently, it means:
“Everything is pleasurable when you are in love.”
And so when the purse is closed, we’re left with one word visible on each side: Pleasure and Love.
If you’d like to know more, there is information at the website offering it for sale (with a hefty $800 price tag!).
Also, from the same site, I’ve found another piece of embroidered loveliness:
This is a pocketbook, again, further details are here. This one has strips and chains of silver sewn onto the silk damask. Such an elegant design, too.
The pocket book and the purse are both couched (like my earlier post about the chenille waistcoat), this time with metal thread. Definitely one for the wealthy, methinks!
I’m feeling the terrible urge to re-create these – what writer wouldn’t want a gorgeous, hand-embroidered pocketbook?! And so I have another project to add to my wishlist!