Richly decorated pocket and letter cases were often made of silk, and beautifully embroidered with silk or silk ribbon and metal threads; some had silver-gilt fringes, strings and tassels, others were signed and dated. The oval panel of this pocket book is painted in watercolours, with similar panels inside, and possibly refers to a Royal marriage.
The Lee Embroidered Purse, 1700-30 | Pochette of polychrome silk and metallic wire embroidery. It is adorned with a braid in satin stitch and French knots. The front flap sports two exceptional tasseled strings of silver-gilt thread. The front features a formal design of flowers on scrolling stems while the reverse depicts a shield of arms with a horizontal bar and three crescents on a field adorned with stars surrounded by a floral border.