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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1675-1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen, silk, silver thread, silk thread; hand sewn, hand embroidered and hand plaited

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Admiral Sir Robert and Lady Prendergast

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The pear-shaped form of this bag suggests a date in the late 17th century. Also characteristic of this period is the flat texture of the embroidery. The abstract repeating pattern is quite unusual, unlike the pictorial or naturalistic designs seen on other embroidered bags of the late 17th century.

With its open texture and easily abraded materials, this bag was probably intended to hold a keepsake or to wrap a gift of money, rather than everyday monetary use.

Physical description

A flat, pear-shaped linen bag embrodered in hollie stitch with pink, green, silver thread. The bag is lined with white silk, edged with silver fringe and has a handle and finial of pink and green silk thread and silver thread.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1675-1700 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Linen, silk, silver thread, silk thread; hand sewn, hand embroidered and hand plaited


Length: 11.8 cm approx., bag, Width: 11.5 cm approx., bag

Descriptive line

Bag, embroidered, 1675-1700, British; Hollie stitch, pink & green silk with metal thread


Linen; Silk taffeta; Silver thread; Silk thread


Hand sewing; Hand embroidery; Plaiting




Textiles and Fashion Collection

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