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  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1926 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Finnigans (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Leather, lined with silk, Bakelite and metal

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Major and Mrs Broughton

  • Museum number:

    T.237 to B-1972

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Leather handbag with a mirror and a powder wallet. Forest-green leather handbag with an asymmetrically curved moulded black Bakelite handle on a metal clasp. The body of the bag has a diagonal strip of applied, twisted leather strips, each strip twisted once to reveal the white leather reverse and stitched down to create a rippling effect running diagonally across the face of the bag. It is lined with green moiré silk and has a change purse. With a green backed mirror and a dark green mirror and powder wallet. 'Made in England' is on a tape inserted behind the frame.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1926 (made)


Finnigans (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Leather, lined with silk, Bakelite and metal

Object history note

This handbag was owned by Cara Broughton, née Cara Leland Huttleston Rogers (1867-1939), who married Urban Hanlon Broughton (1857-1929) in 1895. As Urban H. Broughton died before he could be elevated to a peerage, their eldest son Urban H.R. Broughton (1896-1966) became 1st Baron Fairhaven of Lode on 20 March 1929, while Cara became 1st Lady Fairhaven. This barony became extinct on Urban H.R.Broughton's death, but a later barony, Baron Fairhaven of Anglesey Abbey, co. Cambridge, was granted to him in 1961, with a remainder to his brother, Henry (1900-1973), to enable this title to continue after his death without male heirs.

This forms part of a large donation of late 19th and early 20th century garments and accessories (with a few historical textiles) donated to the Museum in 1972 by Cara's grandson and Henry's son, Major Ailwyn Broughton and his wife, a year before Ailwyn became Lord Fairhaven following his father's death.

Descriptive line

Handbag of leather, with mirror and powder wallet, designed by Finnigans, London, 1926.

Production Note

Sold on Bond Street, London


Leather; Silk; Bakelite; Metal


Fashion; Accessories; Day wear; Women's clothes; Leather


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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