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Object Name Purse
Date ca. 1920
Description Beaded purse with silver frame. Clear bead background with large multicolor flower motif at center, silver vine pattern at edge. Beads are attached to a woven ground fabric. Rectangular frame has silver ball clasps and chain handle. Net and dangle beaded fringe on bottom edge. Cream silk lining. Interior of purse has two pockets attached to lining, one on each side. Interior has a small tab at top center, made of the same fabric as the lining; tab has what appears to be one part of a snap closure. Frame is marked: "[M?] STERLING 738". Measures 8.125 inches high (not including handle) x 6 inches wide.
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, Floral, Early Twentieth Century)
Acquisition Gift of Mrs. Violet (Stake) Rau
Ownership and History This purse was donated to the Staten Island Historical Society in 1967 by Violet (Stake) Rau (1893-1992). Mrs. Rau lived in Stapleton, Staten Island, as a child, and later resided in Manhattan. In 1921 she traveled in China and Japan with her husband, Alfred Rau.
Earliest Date 1915
Latest Date 1925
Material Glass beads/Silver
Subjects Clothing & dress
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Gear
Associated People Rau, Violet (Stake)
Catalog Number C02.1497
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, December 2015.
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