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Purse

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1634 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Leather, embroidered with glass beads, with knotted thread drawstrings

  • Museum number:

    T.55-1927

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The most luxurious embroidered purses, made in leather, velvet and silk, were used by both men and women. Women's purses were similar to those carried by men, but smaller, taking the form of tasselled bags that closed with tasselled drawstrings. These were often embroidered, while beadwork on leather was also popular. The decoration on this purse depicts a sprig of green and yellow acorns between a pair of birds with lozenges and flowers. It is inscribed 'I PRAY GOD TO B(sic) MY GUIDE 1634'.

Physical description

Drawstring leather purse embroidered with glass beads. A sprig of green and yellow acorns appears between a pair of birds with lozenges and flowers, inscribed 'I PRAY TO GOD TO B(sic) MY GUIDE 1634'.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1634 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Leather, embroidered with glass beads, with knotted thread drawstrings

Descriptive line

glass beads, 1634, English; Inscribed "I pray God to b my guide 1634"

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

John Lea Nevinson, Catalogue of English Domestic Embroidery of the Sixteenth & Seventeenth Centuries, Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Textiles, London: HMSO, 1938, p.100, plate LXXII

Materials

Leather; Glass beads; Thread

Categories

Embroidery; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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