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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1820-1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Beadwork, with metal clasp and frame decorated with imitation jewels

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs J. V. Heywood

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Between 1821 and 1830, fashions in women's dress began to move rapidly away from the vertical, high-waisted style, towards a new romanticism and fullness. Reticules continued to be made of soft dress fabrics, their decoration becoming more ornate with fringing and floral motifs. In 1820, circular shapes closing with a drawstring of ribbon or cord were popular and easily made at home. Lightweight frames with silver or steel clasps and chain handles were available ready made, and fabric bags were simply stitched on to them.

Physical description

Circular beadwork bag on metal frame, with hinged metal clasp with imitation jewel insets and chain handle. Snowflake like design on blue ground in the centre, flower border and short looped fringe all around

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1820-1850 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Beadwork, with metal clasp and frame decorated with imitation jewels


Beads; Metal; Jewels


Accessories; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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