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Object Name Purse
Date ca. 1910
Description Purse, Arts and Crafts style. Made of linen; decorated with a stylized motif that includes the heads of two roosters. Motif edges are embroidered in outline stitch, with painted filling. Details are added with outline and satin stitches in back, red, blue, and green. Spring opening at top is formed by flat strips of metal in casings in the linen. Possibly made from a kit. Embroidery and seams appear to be worked over black line that may have been printed or stamped on fabric.
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, Early Twentieth Century)
Acquisition Gift of Mrs. Raymond Anderson
Ownership and History The February 1910 issue of Home Needlework Magazine includes descriptions of "stamped and tinted" designs on cloth for making couch pillows and other textiles. The embroiderer was intended to use the coloring of the tinted areas to guide the embroidery, but could choose to leave some of the tinting exposed for artistic effect. This purse might have been made from a similar pre-stamped and colored design on fabric.

This purse came from the home of Henry Herbert and Marie Matilda (Currey) Seguine at 209 Seguine Avenue in Princes Bay, Staten Island.
Earliest Date 1900
Latest Date 1920
Material Linen/Metal
Subjects Clothing & dress
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Gear
Associated People Seguine, Henry Herbert
Seguine, Marie Matilda (Currey)
Catalog Number 75.003.0016
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, December 2015.
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