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Object Name Purse
Date 1820-1840
Description Beaded purse. Drawstring style (drawstring is missing). Knitted with multicolor beads in a design with three bands. The top band is geometric; the middle band has a flower pattern, including roses; and the bottom band has a house with trees. Pink top edge and lining; handsewn, probably professionally made. Casing is hand stitched. This type of bead knitting is done by stringing all the beads in order on the thread, then sliding one bead into place on each stitch. Each stitch is twisted, which best shows the bead; the twisted structure also causes the lines of the design to slant. This stitch is known as crossed knitting.
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, Victorian, Floral, Reticule)
Acquisition Gift of Robert Ansley Smith
Ownership and History This purse likely descended in the Ansley and Crocheron families of Staten Island.
Earliest Date 1820
Latest Date 1840
Material Glass beads
Subjects Clothing & dress
Knitting
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Gear
Catalog Number C02.1657
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Efron family in memory of Dr. Meryl Efron, December 2015.
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