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Purse

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1725-1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered linen with metal purl, silver and gold thread and coloured, plain woven silk

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Dame Ada MacNaghten

  • Museum number:

    T.44-1970

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Many varieties of purse were made in the 18th century, including framed purses using the new types of alloy which simulated gold, known in England as pinchbeck after its inventor. The metal mount of this spade-shaped purse, which has a snap-fastening device, might be a pinchbeck. The purse is made of linen embroidered with metal purl, silver and gold thread and coloured silk in laid and couched work and French knots. The edges are decorated with a thick braid of gold strip, purl and chain. One one side of the purse is a lady in the character of Diana the Huntress, with a stag behind her, and on the other side is a gentleman holding a gun with a wild boar at his feet.

Physical description

Spade-shaped purse on linen, embroidered with metal purl, silver and gold thread and coloured silk in laid and couched work and French knots. The ground fabric is entirely covered by the embroidery. The edges are decorated with a thick braid of gold strip, purl and chain. On one side of the purse is a lady, in the character of Diana the Huntress, with a stag. On the other side is a gentleman holding a gun, with a wild boar at his feet. The two sides of the purse are attached to a pinchbeck mount which has a snap-fastening device (might be of a later date); at the sides are gussets of red ribbed silk. The purse is lined with cream taffeta.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

1725-1750 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Embroidered linen with metal purl, silver and gold thread and coloured, plain woven silk

Dimensions

Width: 9.6 cm, Height: 11.2 cm, Depth: 2.2 cm

Descriptive line

Embroidered linen purse, France, 1725-1750

Materials

Linen; Silk; Silk; Metal; Silver; Gold thread

Techniques

Embroidering; Plain weave

Subjects depicted

Hunters

Categories

Embroidery; Accessories; Fashion; Images Online; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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