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Object Name Purse
Date ca. 1912
Description Beaded purse. Gold-colored metal and black glass faceted beads in a floral design with a geometric band at top. Beads are stitched to light-colored canvas with dark thread. Beaded fringe at bottom and sides with gold-colored beads and faceted black beads which appear to be molded, probably from glass. Gold metal hinged frame and chain handle. Lined with white fabric, possibly silk; it appears to be stitched over another lining, and may be a later repair. This purse was probably made at home, and attached to a purchased purse frame. Measures 7 inches high (not including handle) x 5.625 inches wide.
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, Early Twentieth Century)
Acquisition Gift of Mrs. George L. Slaight, Jr.
Ownership and History This purse came from the estate of Emmeline (Bedell) Slaight (1869-1950), the daughter of Israel and Charlotte (Manee) Bedell of Pleasant Plains, Staten Island. Emmeline married George W. Slaight in 1894, and they lived for many years on Amboy Road in Princes Bay. They had one son, George L., born in 1901.

The Priscilla Bead Work Book, published in 1912, includes directions for making this purse, with the pattern for the beadwork available for ten cents. The book includes instructions for the fringe at bottom. However, the small bead fringe at the sides beneath the ends of the frame in this purse are not in the instructions, indicating that the maker chose to add them.
Earliest Date 1905
Latest Date 1925
Material Glass beads/Metal beads/Canvas/Metal
Subjects Clothing & dress
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Gear
Associated People Slaight, Emmeline (Bedell)
Catalog Number C02.1323
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Efron family in memory of Dr. Meryl Efron, December 2015.
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