What Did Lucy Locket Lose?

Lucy Locket lost her pocket,

Kitty Fisher found it;

Nothing in it, nothing in it,

But the binding round it.

It has been whispered over the years that the nursery rhyme Lucy Locket was rooted in the people and places of 18th century London society. “Kitty Fisher” was the well-known British courtesan, Catherine Maria Fisher, who boasted assignations with many affluent 18th century gentlemen and was known for her flair for publicity. The “pocket” lost in the child’s nursery rhyme refers to an 18th century purse. This fashion accessory came in several styles, one being the pocket case or letter case. Read about 18th century pocket case here.

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