Brown leather pocketbooks were common in the 18th to early 19th century in a great variety of styles from plain to quite elaborate. This pocketbook is copied from several originals one of which is at the Winterthur Museum of New England manufacture. This is block impressed on both sides with "success to Washington 1775" and has four interior pockets two are block printed with the same "success to Washington 1775". This pocketbook is made to period measurements of 6 by 3 3/4 inches (15.3 by 9.5 cm) so modern money will have to be folded once first to fit the pockets. For a written example of their use this is taken from London's The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, of 1770 in an "Ordinary's Account" it was recorded that several men "were indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house . . . and stealing . . . a leather pocketbook".
This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 02 January, 2020.