Chatelaine Pockets of 1882

from Harpers Bazarr, December 1882.
Edited for use on this site.

These Chatelaine Pockets were the type of pockets used in 1882. They would be as lovely today to carry as they were back then. Here’s how to make your own.

Victorian chatelaine pocket or purse of 1882 - #1

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The pointed pocket, Fig. 1, above, is made of black watered silk, which is doubled down for the top. A shield-shaped piece of black velvet, decorated with silk and bead embroidery, is set on the front and back.

Thick gold and silver cords are set along the seams and edges, and formed into loops at the corners, and a silver chain and hook are attached at the top.

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The front of the flat pocket, Fig. 2, is black velvet decorated with embroidery in gold and silver beads while the back is of side-pleated black satin.

It is edged with thick gold and silver galloon, and ornamented with a silvered metal shield.


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