Handbag

1926 (made)
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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Temporary Exhibition, Room 40
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 3 parts.

  • Handbag
  • Mirror
  • Wallet
Materials and Techniques
Leather, lined with silk, Bakelite and metal
Brief Description
Handbag, mirror and powder wallet, leather, designed by Finnigans, London, 1926.
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.
Gallery Label
Leather has been used to make clothes, shoes, bags and other accessories for millennia. It is valued for its durability, reparability and waterproof qualities. Processes such as tanning, dying and embossing modify leather’s natural appearance, transforming the material and permitting experimentation with colours and textures. In recent years, questions about animal welfare and the fashion industry have resulted in many companies having stopped using exotic animal skins while others have pledged to only use leather produced as a by-product of the food industry. V&A, Room 40, Bags: Inside Out. (12/2020)
Credit line
Given by Major and Mrs Broughton
Object history
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.
Production
Sold on Bond Street, London
Collection
Accession Number
T.237 to B-1972

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record createdSeptember 27, 2007
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