Purses & Reticules

Pocket Case with Silver Spangles

This envelope-style purse is made of ribbed blue silk decorated with silver spangles. Closed, it has a flap that at one point had a button or snap to keep it closed. Underneath the flap you can see part of a basket decoration. Though the body of the purse is soft, the flap is reinforced with a light...

Beaded Sovereign Purses

These tiny, flat coin purses — called sovereign purses in England — were often kept inside the larger reticule, or hung from a chatelaine. They were sometimes pretty enough to double as an evening...

Knitted and Netted Purses

Netting was a popular pastime from the mid-18th century through the early 19th century, and was practiced by both men and women. Whereas men generally worked on utilitarian nets for use in fishing, hunting, or gardening, the favorite object for women was the netted purse....

Miser Purses

Miser purses — also called long purses, stocking purses, or ring purses — were popular in England and France from the mid-18th century through the early 20th century. Their fast and easy construction meant that they were made in the thousands, and are therefore easily available to collectors....

Pocket Cases

The pocket gave its name to variety of accessories carried within it, including the pocket case, small envelope-style purses that would have been slipped inside a pocket...

Silver Link Purse, c1815

This tiny coin purse (4" long) is made of hand-linked silver rings attached to a sterling silver frame. The frame has a floral design, a press-type clasp, and a central ring, likely used to attached the purse to a chatelaine...

 

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