Thursday, October 13, 2011

Pieced Pockets

Finally, I have proof that what I visualized is actually what he meant!

It was toward evening that Ichabod arrived at the castle of the Heer Van Tassel, which he found thronged with the pride and flower of the adjacent country. Old farmers, a spare leathern-faced race, in homespun coats and breeches, blue stockings, huge shoes, and magnificent pewter buckles. Their brisk, withered little dames, in close-crimped caps, long-waisted short gowns, homespun petticoats, with scissors and pincushions, and gay calico pockets hanging on the outside. Buxom lasses, almost as antiquated as their mothers, excepting where a straw hat, a fine ribbon, or perhaps a white frock, gave symptoms of city innovation. The sons, in short square-skirted coats, with rows of stupendous brass buttons, and their hair generally queued in the fashion of the times, especially if they could procure an eel-skin for the purpose, it being esteemed throughout the country as a potent nourisher and strengthener of the hair.
---Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, 1820

And then... via Augusta Auctions:


In block, resist & cylinder cotton prints from late 18th C-1830s, each pocket lined & backed w/ home spun linen & attached w/ brown & cream calico band: 1 pocket w/ 19 different prints & 1 pocket w/ 3 prints, Wd 10.5", L 16", excellent. Montclair Historical Society

Now I don't feel like such an idiot after all!

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