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Bag

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    mid 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Knitted silk

  • Museum number:

    T.397-1910

  • 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

Orange and yellow purse, square shaped, decorated with a pattern of openwork stitches and two tassels,with a drawstring to close the top.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

mid 19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Knitted silk

Dimensions

Length: 15.5 cm, Width: 13.5 cm

Labels and date

8. SMALL BAG
Hand-knitted silk lined with silk twill and decorated with tassels
English, mid 19th century

This rectangular-shaped bag, knitted in stripes and patterned with openwork stitches, is made in one flat piece and seamed across the bottom and at one side. It closes with a drawstring at the top.

Bequeathed by Captain H.B. Murray
T.397-1910 [1985]

Materials

Silk thread; Beads

Techniques

Knitting

Categories

Accessories; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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