18th Century Market Wallets

Market wallets can be sewn from heavyweight linen or hemp using a fairly simple pattern. In the 18th century, these sacks were used for carrying bundles of goods.

For examples from the 13th-16th centuries, see the page on wallets and shoulder-sacks elsewhere on this website; this detail from The Thames at Richmond (early 17th century) shows a woman carrying a similar bag over her forearm.

On a related note, from the 1728 Royal Dictionary: