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Purse

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1600-1699 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Velvet, embroidered with gold and silver thread, and lined in silk

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Harper

  • Museum number:

    T.20-1939

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Purses are associated with the lighter side of life in the sixteenth and seventeenth century, in particular with gambling and cards, which was enjoyed by both men and women. Gaming purses were specifically functional. Made with a circular, stiffened base, the gathered sides were formed from a narrow circle of cloth such as velvet, which released to form an open container for coins or gaming chips; many were monogrammed to ensure that taking were claimed by their rightful owners.

Physical description

Crimson velvet tasselled drawstring gaming bag, embroidered with gold and silver thread. Gold coloured silk lining.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

1600-1699 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Velvet, embroidered with gold and silver thread, and lined in silk

Materials

Velvet; Metal thread; Silk

Categories

Embroidery; Games; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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