Irma G. Bowen Historic Clothing Collection


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Date Created

Mid 1700s


Costume accessories; Costume accessories carried; Bags


Wool, silk, linen


Mid-18th century. Embroidered pochette or envelope bag with a pointed flap and a green tape to wrap around it to close.

The exterior is worked in wool yarn crewelwork flowers with Bargello or needlepoint geometrical elements on the right side, on a loosely woven linen ground. The flowers are stitched in multiple shades of yellow, red, blue, green, and pink on a cream background. The edges of the bag are enclosed in a dark green plain weave tape.

The interior has a dividing panel sewn in at the sides but not the bottom to create two pockets. The flap is lined with a cream silk brocade fabric in a design of alternating diamonds, fruit, flowers, and birds woven in shades of pink and green. The walls and divider are lined in a plain weave striped silk, cream with alternating narrow stripes of pink outlined with red and yellow outlined with black. Handmade.


Width: 17.8 cm / 7 in.
Length (closed): 11.4 cm / 4.5 in.
Length (open): 21.3 cm / 8.375 in.


Gift of the Coe family. Originally owned by John Knight of the Pickering-Knight family, Dover Point, New Hampshire, in the mid-18th century.

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University of New Hampshire Library


Astrida Schaeffer, photographer/curator

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The Irma G. Bowen Historic Clothing Collection digital catalog was produced by the UNH Library Digital Collection Initiative, supported in part by a grant from the Mooseplate program and New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Additional funding provided by the E. Ruth Buxton Stephenson Memorial Fund.
Photography copyright, Astrida Schaeffer.

Pickering_and_Coe_History.pdf (60 kB)
Pickering and Coe history


Costume accessories, Costume accessories carried, Bags, Mid-18th century, Newington, Dover Point, New Hampshire, United States, Clutch Bag, Crewel, Bargello work, Bargello stitch, Temperance Pickering Knight, Janet Coe Stearns, Margaret Coe Ninde, Sarah T. Coe, Anne Coe Curry, Coe (donor)


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