A peck of pocket books
Just launched for sale on our website– our new leather goods!
We’ve designed our wallet (or “pocket book”) to be based on the look of original eighteenth century pocket books. (Important documents, deeds, bank bills, love letters would all have been safely stowed in a pocket book.) We’ve taken the original period design feature of the three point flap and tab on the outside. And once opened up, our pocket book maintains the period design of having two separate compartments.
But we’ve brought our version up to date a little: one hand-tooled compartment has been stitched to provide slots for those modern new-fangled credit card thingies. (And there’s a bigger recess behind to hold bank notes.) The other compartment is a supple tan leather coin pocket….
Our colour combination, scarlet lined with a contrasting pale green, may seem a modern colourway, but was actually a popular 18th century colour choice. (Yes, even that bright a scarlet! It is only age and use that has darkened a lot of the scarlet eighteenth century examples that remain. You can just see the scarlet ink-stained period original we have used as a prop in the top left corner of the shot below).
For more beautiful period examples of eighteenth century pocket books, both leather and fabric, check out the following links:
and a beautiful example embroidered by Marie Antoinette in the Temple prison: