English [ edit ]
Etymology [ edit ]
Vogel ( “ bird ” ) has been suggested, the connection being , a fabric from which such handkerchiefs were made. bird's-eye Hotten (see References) suggests a connection with the Italian slang  foglia ( “ pocket, purse ” ) or French argot fouille ( “ pocket ” ).
fogle ( plural ) fogles
A pocket ( obsolete ) handkerchief.
1830, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, , 2009, Paul Clifford Gutenberg eBook #7735,
One, gentlemen, I myself expelled from our corps for ungentlemanlike practices; he picked pockets of fogles, (handkerchiefs)--it was a vulgar employment.
, 1853 Lord William Lennox, “Ernest Atherley, Or Scenes at Home and Abroad”, in The Sporting Review, Volume 30, page : 202 [… ] and we've to pick up the stakes and cords at Uncle Ben's, to get the bird's-eye fogles in St. Martin's-lane, [… ] . c. , 1867 Anthony Trollope, The Claverings :  Doodles, therefore, wore a cut-away coat, a colored shirt with a fogle round his neck, old brown trousers that fitted very tightly round his legs, and was careful to take no gloves with him.
References [ edit ]
John Camden Hotten (1873) The Slang Dictionary
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