In the well-known nursery rhyme “Lucy Locket lost her pocket. . .” Have you ever wondered how a pocket could be lost? Learn all about this essential item of dress for 18th and 19th century girls at a workshop for kids. According to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, “From the 17th century to the late 19th century, most women had at least one pair of pockets, which served a similar purpose as a handbag does today. They were usually worn underneath their petticoats . . . Many pockets were handmade and they were often given as gifts. Some were made to match a petticoat or waistcoat. Some were made over from old clothes or textiles. Pockets could also be bought ‘readymade’. “ Museum Educator Laurie Walker will talk about how pockets were used and worn, and show the kids how to cut out a pocket from colorful material and sew it onto an apron. A fully functional, washable apron with a “custom” pocket is the result. Kids will help make their snack, freshly baked sugar cookies with “pockets” of jam.
Suggested for ages 6 – 12.
Wilton Historical Society members $10 per child, maximum $25 per family; Non-members $15 per child, maximum $35 per family. Please register: email@example.com or call 203-762-7257.
Did You Know?
Eighteen Maxims of Neatness and Order, written by Theresa Tidy in 1819, lists the essentials for a pocket:
‘It is also expedient to carry about you a purse, a thimble, a pincushion, a pencil, a knife and a pair of scissors, which will not only be an inexpressible source of comfort and independence, by removing the necessity of borrowing, but will secure the privilege of not lending these indispensable articles.’
However, many pockets were stolen – in the 18th and 19th centuries, thieves known as ‘pickpockets’ removed men’s wallets and cut the strings of women’s pockets.