Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Purse

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1849 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Knitted silk threads, with silk lining

  • Museum number:

    T.27-1910

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Many thousands of small purses were knitted, embroidered or crocheted in the nineteenth century, intended either for personal use or as a gift or donated to a worthy fundraising cause. Crocheting, incorporating brightly coloured beadwork, was popular in the 1830s, but it was knitting as a domestic craft that thrived as a elegant drawing-room occupation. Much time was devoted to making intricate and delicate items of fancy work without obvious use.

Physical description

Purse knitted in coloured silks with horizontal bands of openwork, silk drawstring and tassels and lined with green silk

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1800-1849 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Knitted silk threads, with silk lining

Labels and date

14. PURSE
Hand-knitted silk with steel beads
English, mid 19th century

This dainty purse, knitted with stripes in a fancy stitch, closes at the top with a drawstring.

T.27-1910 [1985]

Materials

Silk thread; Silk

Categories

Accessories; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.