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 block impressed on both sides with "Boston" and has four interior pockets two of which have scalloped pocket flaps as the original it's copied from. The original, in a private collection, is further block impressed with "John Carll, his Pocket Back 1760" on an interior pocket but this has been left off the reproduction. This pocketbook is made to period measurements of 4 7/8 by 3 1/4 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.