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  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1910 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lemiere (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Leather, lined with silk, brass, bone, glass, embroidered silk, spangles, swansdown

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss N. L. Foster

  • Museum number:

    T.219 to F-1965

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The first few years of the twentieth century saw, for the lady of leisure, a continuation of the fashionable preoccupations of the nineteenth century. Magazines of the day describe bags for every occasion, from fitted leather bags with telescopic opera glasses and folding fan to drawstring theatre bags with a mirror set into the base. There were leather 'shopping' bags and even briefcase bags, for many more women were entering the professional work force and supported women's suffrage. This example contains a change purse, mirror, bone note card, pencil, swansdown powder puff, telescopic opera glasses and white organdie folding fan with gilt spangles.

Physical description

Opera handbag made of beige leather lined with cream silk. The carrying handle is of beige plaited silk trimmed with two matching tassels. Rectangular shape with a flap fastening with a brass lever catch. The bag is fitted with a snap-fastening change purse at the top. Below this is a scalloped pocket which contained a leather-backed mirror, a bone note card, pencil, opera glasses, fan of embroidered white silk to which are stitched gilt spangles. The sticks of the fan are of white bone, hinged and decorated with brass studs and eyelets. A rectangular slot is below this. On the bottom flap is a small button fastening purse containing a white swansdown powder puff.

Place of Origin

France (made)


ca. 1910 (made)


Lemiere (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Leather, lined with silk, brass, bone, glass, embroidered silk, spangles, swansdown


Length: 6.5 in, Width: 4 in

Descriptive line

Leather handbag, opera glasses, fan, mirror, note card with pencil and power puff, Lemiere, France, ca. 1910


Clothing; Accessories; Textiles; Fashion; Leather; Embroidery; Fans; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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