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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1849 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Knitted silk threads, with silk lining

  • Museum number:


  • 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)


1800-1849 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Knitted silk threads, with silk lining

Labels and date

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]


Silk thread; Silk


Accessories; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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