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Object Name Purse
Date 1890-1920
Description Beaded purse. Crocheted from black thread, probably silk or cotton, with horizontal bands of steel cut beads. Silver-color metal gate top expands to open, and has a small round hinged lid that closes over the top. A metal chain handle is attached to a ring on each side. Possibly intended to hang at the waist. Measures 4 inches high (not including handle).
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, Early Twentieth Century)
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History This small purse might have been homemade. Several books and magazines from about 1900 include patterns for similar purses crocheted with beads and attached to gate tops. According to The Dry Goods Economist of January 22, 1916, so many women were buying gate tops separately and making their own purses that ready-made purses of this kind were not selling well in stores.

This purse may have belonged to the donor's mother, Sallie (Kern) Steinrock (1870-1951) of Port Richmond, Staten Island.
Earliest Date 1890
Latest Date 1920
Material Steel beads/Metal
Subjects Clothing & dress
Crocheting
Purses
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Gear
Associated People Steinrock, Sallie (Kern)
Catalog Number C02.1138
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Efron family in memory of Dr. Meryl Efron, December 2015.
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