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Object Name Purse
Date ca. 1856-1880
Description Beaded miser's purse. Hand-crocheted olive green purse of fine cotton or silk thread. Steel cut beads worked into the fabric in a scallop pattern at the ends, with a pattern of rings and diamonds on the body of the bag; steel ball trim at corners. Central slit opening with faceted sliders (rings for closure). The color of this purse may have faded from a darker green, seen near beads. Measures 13 inches in length x 2.5 inches wide.
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, Victorian)
Ownership and History This type of purse had storage at both ends; the sliders were moved to access or close off the ends. Both women and men used these purses to carry money. Women often held them by the middle, while men carried them in a pocket. Women often made these purses as gifts; green was a popular color choice to give to a man.
Earliest Date 1856
Latest Date 1880
Material Steel beads/Metal
Subjects Clothing & dress
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Gear
Catalog Number X90.0353
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Efron family in memory of Dr. Meryl Efron, December 2015.
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