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Pocket

Artist/Maker:
Spach, Martha Elizabeth (probably)
Place Made:
Salem North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
1780
Medium:
silk on linen
Dimensions:
LOA 15; WOA 11
Accession Number:
2400
Description:
Pockets were often made in pairs, attached to a woven tape and tied around the waist under a woman’s petticoat. Although this type of accessory would not have been seen by anyone but the wearer, it is a nice example of how a young woman might use her needle skills to adorn an otherwise utilitarian object. According to tradition, this example was owned by Christina Spach’s mother, Martha Elizabeth (Hege) Spach (1763-1812), who married Gottlieb Spach in 1787.

Woman’s linen tie pocket embroidered with flowers in silk. The edges were originally bound in narrow pink silk ribbon, which is now mostly disintigrated; the ties are also missing. The leaves are shades of green and the flowers are faded pinks and blues. The front is lined with the same hand printed brown stripe (linen) as the back.

History:
“The pocket is linen embroidered with flowers in silk. The edges were originally bound in a narrow pink ribbon, which is now mostly disintigrated; the ties are also missing. The leaves are shades of green and the flowers are faded pinks and blues. The front of the pocket is lined with the same printed brown stripe (linen) as the back. It is said to have belonged to Martha Elizabeth Spach (1763-1812), a Moravian woman who lived near Salem. Pockets of this type were attached to a tape which was tied around the waist and worn under the skirt. They were often worn in pairs and were reached through openings in the sides of the gown.” (Locklair p. 11). Source (probable line through which pocket came to Old Salem): Martha Elisabeth Spach (m.n. Hege, 1787- ), married John Gottlieb Spach. They were the parents of Christina Spach who married John Vogler and had a daughter, Lisetta Maria Vogler. Lisetta married Francis Levin Fries, and so the possible donor, Mrs. James A. Gray, Sr.
RELATED NAME: Spach, Martha Elizabeth (1763-1812).
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. James A. Gray, Sr.