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Pair of linen thigh pockets embroidered in flame-stitch with date and initials, England,1766


From the 17th century until the 19th century women wore wide skirts without pockets. This fashion dilemma was remedied by wearing one or two so-called thigh pockets: loose bags worn on the uppermost underskirt, tied around the waist with a ribbon. These pockets were accessed through a slit in the side of the dress or skirt.

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