“Lucy Locket lost her pocket
Lydia Fisher found it,
Not a bit of money in it
Only ‘broidery round it.”
Bags and purses were not very popular during the 18th Century since the clothes of both men and women had ample pockets. The distinctive feature about women’s pockets in the 18th Century is that they were not sewn into the garment but hung from the waist under the side hoops and were reached through small slits in the skirt.
Some examples of bags and purses from Diderot: