Lucky Locket lost her pocket, Kitty Fisher found it; Not a penny was there in it, only ribbon round it
~ 18th Century Nursery Rhyme
Women didn’t always carry handbags or reticules, but often had concealed purses or “pockets” worn close to the body under their outer layers. Slits in the gown or a petticoat would allow the owner to slip their hand into the hanging pocket that was tied to their waist to retrieve its contents (or allowed enterprising pickpockets to get at their prize).
Having done some research into these items whilst looking at possible types of belt purse, I decided that I would like to have one as Brigit to wear under her robe or her banquet dress to keep certain things close at hand, particularly when wearing her long cloak on adventures which hampers my ability to quickly get at all my belt pouches or my bag.
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