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Purse with braid

Purse with braid

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    late 19th century-early 20th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered cotton and satin with silk and silver thread, and lined with cotton

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr H. Helmer

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Oblong embroidered purse with knotted braid ornament.
[Purse] Oblong purse of blue satin lined with pink cotton, with a slit in the centre bound with black satin. The end is semi-circular and lobed, and embroidered with coloured silks and silver thread in Peking knot-stitch. One end is covered with black cotton with an embroidered border of fret pattern; to this is attached a small bag of white satin and cotton embroidered with a butterfly, two grasshoppers on flowering branches and Chinese characters within a cartouche; this small bag has a drawstring of green cord. The other end has a border of black cotton embroidered with a grasshopper and flowering plants. The bodies of all the grasshoppers are padded. The colour range is greens, blues, pinks, yellow and white.
[Braid] Triangular plaited knot in green braid from which hang three double lines of green braid bound at intervals with blue and white thread and further ornament by rings bound with looped green braid.

Place of Origin

China (made)


late 19th century-early 20th century (made)


unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Embroidered cotton and satin with silk and silver thread, and lined with cotton


[Purse] Length: 10 in, Width: 3.75 in
[Braid] Length: 6 in, Width: 1.5 in

Descriptive line

Purse of satin embroidered with silk and silver threads lined with cotton, China, late 19th century-early 20th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Wilson, Verity. Chinese Dress. London: V&A Publications, 1986, 70p, plate 58.


Accessories; Fashion; Embroidery

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