The costume ladies have come across an interesting little gem…

We all know that in the 1800s, portly gentlemen would reach into their waistcoat pocket for their watch, gaze at it short-sightedly and return it there, safe on its gold or silver chain.

But what did women do?

They had a watch pocket like this, attached to a belt..

This example dates from the early 1800s. Rather charmingly, someone has embroidered it with a representation of a herb. We think it is thyme….

Can you read the inscription?