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

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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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