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.