Samuel Pepys 1627

A wallet of brown goatskin (morocco leather) with elaborate embroidery in silver wire: on the front Saml Pepys Esq.: on the back Constantinople Anno 1687. The secretary of the Admiralty was not in Constantinople in 1687. There is no proof that he ever owned the wallet but it is thought it may have been presented to him by a Turkish envoy.
Leather Craftsmanship J.W. Waterer

Born: 23 February 1633(1633-02-23) London, England

Died: 26 May 1703(1703-05-26) (aged 70) Clapham, England

Resting place: St Olave’s, London, England

Education: Huntingdon Grammar School, St Paul’s School and Cambridge University

Occupation: Naval Administrator started off as Clerk of the Acts working his way up to Chief Secretary to the Admiralty and Tory Member of Parliament for Castle Rising and Harwich.

Known for: Diary

Political party: Tory

Board member of: President of the Royal Society, Master of Trinity House, Freeman of the City of London, Freeman of Portsmouth, Treasurer of the Tangier Committee

Religion: Anglican

Spouse: Elisabeth Pepys (née de St Michel)

A wallet seems to have been a species of travelling bag for carrying clothing and food – equivalent to what in medieval times were called ‘cloth sacks’ and /gardeviaunces’. To us the term usually indicates a flat, leather pocket case for papers, tickets and so on, although sometimes the flat, envelope-type, underarm document case is so styled. The pocket wallet goes back at least to the 17th century.
Leather Craftsmanship J.W. Waterer

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