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Object Name Purse
Date 1900-1930
Description Drawstring purse. Overall scallop pattern of colorless, green, purple, and pink transparent beads in a diagonal grid formed of black beads. Knit with beads; thread is dark green or blue, probably silk. Ball and loop fringe beaded tassel at bottom. Top edge is crocheted with loops for drawstring cord. Green silk lining. 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. Measures 10 inches high (including tassel) x 6.375 inches wide.
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, Early Twentieth Century, Handbag, Reticule)
Acquisition Gift of the Estate of S. Gertrude Clark
Ownership and History This purse came from the estate of Sarah Gertrude Clark (1866-1941), a lifelong resident of Staten Island. A descendant of the Guyon family, she was born in Oakwood Heights, and later lived in St. George. She was an active volunteer at the Staten Island Historical Society, the Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences (now the Staten Island Museum), and other local organizations.
Earliest Date 1900
Latest Date 1930
Material Glass beads/Silk
Subjects Clothing & dress
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Gear
Associated People Clark, Sarah Gertrude
Catalog Number C02.0442
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Efron family in memory of Dr. Meryl Efron, December 2015.
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