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  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1600-1699 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Velvet, embroidered with metal thread

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Purses are also 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, like this one, were monogrammed to ensure that takings were claimed by their rightful owners.

Physical description

Crimson velvet tasselled drawstring gamining bag, embroidered with silver and gold thread. Embroidered coat of arms on the base

Place of Origin

France (made)


1600-1699 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Velvet, embroidered with metal thread

Descriptive line

embroidered velvet, 1600s, French; Crimson ground, metal embroidery, Coat of Arms


Velvet; Metal thread


Games; Embroidery; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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