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Man's Pocketbook
1754
Original Owner:Originally owned by John Storrs , 1735-1799
Embroiderer:Attributed to Lydia Storrs , American, born 1742
Linen, wool
Primary Dimensions (height x width closed): 4 1/4 x 7 1/2in. (10.8 x 19.1cm) Primary Dimensions (height x width open): 8 1/2 x 7 1/2in. (21.6 x 19.1cm)
Credit Line: The Newman S. Hungerford Museum Fund
Gallery Copy: It is extremely unusual to find a landscape decorating a pocketbook. The front shows a lion and stag (among the most popular beasts in heraldic imagery), peacefully coexisting in a Garden of Eden. The stag, a male deer, was also known as a hart, and had specific local associations with Hartford. Worked pocketbooks were frequently gifts to men from family members or sweethearts. This wallet could have been made by John Storrs’s younger sister Lydia, his only immediate female relative, who would have been twelve years old at the time. This pocketbook would have made an appropriate schoolgirl finishing project.
Description: Canvaswork pocketbook with worked name and date: "John Storrs 1754". Accordion compartmented wallet with wool flame stitching and cotton tape binding. The cotton tape binding may not be original to the wallet. A back crewelwork panel worked with a recumbent lion and stag flanking a tree bearing fruit; the ground with large scale blossoms and butterfly above the cross-stitched name and date.
Inscription: Stitched on front towards the bottom, "JOHN * STORRS 1954"
Object Number: 2008.46.0
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