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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    mid 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered silk satin, lined with silk, wood

  • Credit Line:

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

  • Museum number:


  • 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)


mid 19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Embroidered silk satin, lined with silk, wood


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.


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


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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