Wall Pocket

Possibly Made in England or America
Late 18th - Early 19th Century
Glazed Cotton, Cotton Ribbon, Silk Floss

This embroidered wall pocket, or sconce, displayed the word “respect” in the home where it hung. Perhaps it reminded visitors of the proper deference for authority, for religion, or for elders. Maybe it was a woman’s demand for respect for her person and her labor. 

Courtesy of Independence National Historic Park