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Handbag

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    mid 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered silk satin, lined with silk, wood

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Capt. H. G. H. Tracy, RN

  • Museum number:

    T.67-1961

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

From the 1840s, chatelaine bags described as 'somewhat Scotch and somewhat oriental' by the Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine of 1861 were increasingly popular, and hung from the waist belt by a cord or hook and chain. By 1856 the fashion for vast skirts stretched over a crinoline rendered any pocket but the most diminutive unsightly. Chatelaine bags were useful for coins and small items. These were made of fabric or leather and usually fastened with a flap; many were made to match the dress. They remained popular for the rest of the nineteenth century.

Physical description

Bag made of tartan silk embroidered with a thistle. The bag is square, slightly gathered at the top, and with stiffened edges. It is woven in satin and lined in plain white silk. The tartan has a white centre on which is a silver brocaded thistle. The handle ends have multicoloured tassels with silk-covered wooden bobbles of the colours woven in the tartan. The tartan is possibly the Balmoral pattern.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

mid 19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Embroidered silk satin, lined with silk, wood

Dimensions

Height: 14 cm, Width: 15 cm, Height: 5.5 in, Width: 6 in

Descriptive line

Handbag made of embroidered silk satin and lined with silk, England, mid-19th century.

Categories

Accessories; Textiles; Clothing; Embroidery; Scotland; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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