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On display at V&A South Kensington
Bags: Inside Out, Room 40

Purse

1750-1775 (made)



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Brief Description
silk, 1750-75, French; Edged with gold lace
Gallery Label
Reticules, also known as ridicules or indispensables, were small pouches with a handle designed to be carried at a woman’s side. When they became popular in the late 18th century, reticules were usually made from fine materials such as silk to match fabrics used for dresses. Their outer surfaces were embroidered (sometimes with mottos), beaded or painted. They would hold small objects such as a fan, letters and handkerchief, and are considered a precursor of today's handbag. The purple reticule with yellow piping, shown here [T.256:1-1966], contained a letter and was made 'as a small token of gratitude' in 1822 by Emma A. Gibson [T.256:2-1966]. V&A, Room 40, Bags: Inside Out. (12/2020)
Collection
Accession Number
215-1872

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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