In 1905, someone creates this wallet, which eventually finds its way into the collections of the Issaquah History Museums. Who was Ricardo? What do the B and C stand for? There are still many mysteries within our collections...


Cross-stitched wallet, dated 1905. This wallet’s exterior is worked in tiny cross-stitch, 16 stitches to the inch. One half has a pink background of stitches with a large flower (resembling a cross between a rose and a tulip) emblazoned across the center; two shamrocks fill space under the stem, and each corner has a geometric snowflake-like pattern in pale blue. There is some loss of pink background thread at the points of greatest wear. The other half has a deep red background of stitches, with “1905” in the upper left-hand corner in yellow and blue, two birds rendered in pink, green and blue, and two shamrocks. There is a fancy capital “B” in yellow, a fancy capital “C” in yellow set against a heart-shaped background of tweeded pink and blue, and a name, “Ricardo” along the bottom in yellow and green between two geometrics that look like quilt designs in yellow and blue with a few pink accent stitches. The edges of the cross-stitch work were turned under, and a blue silk lining was sewn in to form two functional pockets inside. The edge of the whole piece was finished with blue cording. [Catalog # FIC.2008.008; Issaquah History Museums]