This is for a story set in an alternate world with a slight medieval feel, in a creative anachronisms sense. I'm not going for historical accuracy at all, but I am trying to avoid making the setting feel too modern. That means not using words that will jar the reader into the 21st century. So, there's no refrigerator in the house, although there is a cold cellar where food is stored. Characters may wear tunics or dresses, but at least as often they wear kirtles--essentially the same thing, but using that word helps create the feel of a different world. I'm stumbling over what to call this item: it's really the same thing as a messenger bag, and in the scene I just wrote, a male character is carrying it. (I called it his bag for now, but I'm not entirely satisfied.) "Messenger bag" sounds too modern. In a medieval setting, it would have been called a purse or a wallet. But using "wallet" today will make the reader think of a billfold, which is not the same thing at all. And while a medieval purse was gender neutral, in our own time, saying "purse" sounds feminine. The item I'm thinking of is also gender neutral, could just as easily be carried by a man or a woman, but I need to use a term for it that will convey that to the modern reader. Medieval folks might also have called that a pocket, but in my story, people have pockets in their clothes, just like they do now (creative anachronism!). So calling a bag a pocket is out. Suggestions?