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Object Name Purse
Date 1810-1840
Description Purse, drawstring style (drawstring is missing). Knitted with multicolor beads. Design has an upper band with a scene of a woman, a dog, two houses, and two trees. The lower band has a red background, blue geometric motifs, and a yellow bottom edge. The same design appears on each side of the bag. Constructed in a tube with shaping at bottom left and right. Bottom edge is whipstitched together. There is a red silk casing for a drawstring at top. Lined with off-white cloth, possibly cotton. 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 6.250 inches high x 6 inches wide.
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, Reticule)
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History This item came from a collection of purses assembled by Elizabeth (McMahon) Burgher (1898-1990) of Staten Island.
Earliest Date 1810
Latest Date 1840
Material Glass beads/Silk
Subjects Clothing & dress
Knitting
Purses
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Gear
Associated People Burgher, Elizabeth (McMahon)
Catalog Number C02.1487
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Efron family in memory of Dr. Meryl Efron, December 2015.
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