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Object Name Purse
Date 1900-1920
Description Beaded chatelaine purse. Hand crocheted with black thread. The top part of the bag is plain; the lower part is worked in a pinwheel design with steel beads crocheted into the fabric. Steel bead loop fringe across the bottom. Curved frame with roses, hinge, and plunger clasp. The silver chain handle has a hook for a waist belt; the weight of the purse suggests that it would have hung from a belt rather than a skirt waistband. The interior has brown suede lining with one small pocket reached through a bound slit in the lining. Both the frame and the hook are marked "GERMAN SILVER."
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, Floral, Early Twentieth Century)
Acquisition Gift of Carole Ryan
Ownership and History This purse belonged to Fannie Evans Weeks Halle (1862-1951) of Staten Island. She was the daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth Evans, and the stepdaughter of Benjamin Weeks (her mother's second husband). The Weeks family owned the Weeks Shipping Company of Princes Bay. Fannie married Benjamin K. Halle (1857-1888), and they had one son, Robert J.

This item was donated to the Staten Island Historical Society in 1985 by Carole Ryan, the wife of Fannie's great-grandson James Ryan.
Earliest Date 1900
Latest Date 1920
Material Steel beads/German silver
Subjects Clothing & dress
Crocheting
Purses
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Gear
Associated People Halle, Fannie (Weeks)
Catalog Number 85.076.0005
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Efron family in memory of Dr. Meryl Efron, December 2015.
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