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Handbag

ca. 1910 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Gilt and silver-striped woven mesh handbag with a chain handle. Rectangular with a plain brass mount with a cross button fastening and a handle of rectangular gilt links. The bottom border is dentillated. Unlined.

Object details

Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Metal mesh and brass
Brief description
Gilt and silver-striped woven mesh handbag with a chain handle, France, ca. 1910
Physical description
Gilt and silver-striped woven mesh handbag with a chain handle. Rectangular with a plain brass mount with a cross button fastening and a handle of rectangular gilt links. The bottom border is dentillated. Unlined.
Object history
This was worn by Miss Emilie Grigsby (1876-1964) who was a wealthy independent American who came to England from New York. She established a salon which was frequented by writers and the military. She was considered to be one of the great international beauties, with extremely pale, almost transparent skin and golden hair. She was frequently the subject of articles in the New York Times during the early 20th century. Her clothes were purchased from couturiers in London, Paris, and New York, and demonstrated an elegantly avant-garde approach to style.
Collection
Accession number
T.222-1967

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Record createdJune 24, 2009
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