Bag

1625-1650 (made)
Bag thumbnail 1
Bag thumbnail 2
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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
British Galleries, Room 56, The Djanogly Gallery
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

In the 17th century decorative purses such as this one were rarely used to carry money, as their wealthy owners engaged in few commercial exchanges requiring cash. In addition to serving as 'sweet bags' or 'gift wrapping', purses sometimes functioned as sewing kits that held needles, thread and tiny scissors. The attachment of a pin cushion to this purse suggests that it might have been used as a sewing kit, or kept on the dressing table to hold pins for fastening clothing.

The purse and pin cushion are made of satin and embroidered in a pattern of birds and flowers with silver thread, silver-gilt purl (tiny tubes of tightly coiled metal) and freshwater pearls. Both purse and pin cushion have a string of flat braid of beige silk, to attach them to a belt if required.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Bag
  • Pin Cushion
Materials and Techniques
Embroidered silk satin with silver and silver-gilt threads, metal purl and pearls, hand sewn, lined with silk, padded
Brief Description
Bag and pin cushion of embroidered silk satin with silver and silver-gilt threads, England, 1625-1650
Physical Description
Flat and square bag and separate pin cushion of blue silk satin hand-embroidered on both sides in a pattern of birds and flowers with silver and silver-gilt thread, metal purl and freshwater pearls. The bag is lined with brown silk. The bag and pin cushion are trimmed with flat braid and finials of beige silk and silver thread. Draw-sting of silk braid. Padded.
Style
Credit line
Bequeathed by Sir Frederick Richmond, Bt
Summary
In the 17th century decorative purses such as this one were rarely used to carry money, as their wealthy owners engaged in few commercial exchanges requiring cash. In addition to serving as 'sweet bags' or 'gift wrapping', purses sometimes functioned as sewing kits that held needles, thread and tiny scissors. The attachment of a pin cushion to this purse suggests that it might have been used as a sewing kit, or kept on the dressing table to hold pins for fastening clothing.



The purse and pin cushion are made of satin and embroidered in a pattern of birds and flowers with silver thread, silver-gilt purl (tiny tubes of tightly coiled metal) and freshwater pearls. Both purse and pin cushion have a string of flat braid of beige silk, to attach them to a belt if required.
Collection
Accession Number
T.51&A-1954

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record createdOctober 29, 2008
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