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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1680 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, decorated with metal thread, with metal mount

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Miss Winifred Mary Bompas

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Purses were small in the first half of the seventeenth century. Some were shaped from two pieces of fabric in a square or oblong, which closed with double drawstrings and were embellished with tassels. Others were rounded with a curved metal frame that closed with a latch or 'snap-hance'. While many purses that survive were made by professional workshops, some appear to be domestic work; these are sometimes dated, intended perhaps as a gift, bearing a message, name or monogram.

Physical description

Dark blue silk snap-hance purse with raised metal embroidery and a brass mount. Flower motif.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1680 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk, decorated with metal thread, with metal mount


Silk; Metal thread; Brass


Embroidery; Games; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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