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Object Name Purse
Date ca. 1856-1880
Description Purse. Hand-knitted of maroon silk or cotton with steel cut beads in vertical bands, mounted on a silver-color metal frame with a clasp and a metal chain handle. Metal beaded trim was made separately and attached to the bottom. The lower part of the purse is knitted in an openwork pattern, with beads; the upper part is plain knitting with no beads. Measures 5 inches high.
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, Victorian)
Acquisition Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Charles Stiles
Ownership and History This purse was presented to the Staten Island Historical Society in 1959 by Mrs. Charles G. Stiles (nee Florence Lucille Kennedy). Mrs. Stiles’ mother was Marie Alice Bush, who married T. Livingstone Kennedy in 1880. Mrs. Kennedy was active with a number of Staten Island charities, and was a founder of the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Earliest Date 1856
Latest Date 1880
Material Steel beads/Metal
Subjects Clothing & dress
Knitting
Purses
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Gear
Catalog Number C02.1158
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Efron family in memory of Dr. Meryl Efron, December 2015.
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