Knitted and Netted Purses

purse made by herself.” Most of the purses made for gentlemen were netted stocking purses, sometimes called miser purses. (See the Collections article on Miser Purses.) Figure 3 Left:Small knitted…

Silver Link Purse, c1815

…and beaded coin purses of the same period shown on this site. This style of coin purse was often called a sovereign purse after 1817, when the gold guinea was…

Miser Purses

Figure 1 Click on images to see larger versions and to read more detail about the purses. Miser purses — also called long purses, stocking purses, or ring purses —…

Beaded Sovereign Purses

…large and bulky as pockets had once been, but these were generally considered unwieldy and awkward for evening wear. The tiny, flat coin purses — called sovereign purses in England…

Walking or Carriage Dress, February 1811

…The magazine text clearly describes the pelisse as amber-colored, with matching shoes and purse. Yet this colorist has made the pelisse green, and the shoes and purse bright pink. Was…

Pocket Case with Silver Spangles

Pocket case, or pocket book, English c1780, 6″ x 3 ¼”. This envelope-style purse is made of ribbed blue silk decorated with silver spangles. Closed, it has a flap that…

chatelaine

…etuis holding sewing or writing implements, vinaigrettes, pens, ivory leaves for notes, seals, and tiny coin purses. They were usually held at the waist with a chain, like a watch…

Morning Carriage Dress, January 1814

…as seen in this detail of the print. This is a miser purse, which you can read more about on this website in the Regency World article on miser purses….

Pocket Cases

…Combs and Purses, Gallery Graphics Press, 1983. Evelyn Haertig, More Beautiful Purses, Gallery Graphics Press, 1990 Therle Hughes, English Domestic Needlework, Lutterworth Press, 1961. Clare Wilcox, Bags, V&A Publications, 1999….

guinea

A gold coin worth 21 shillings. Last coinage in 1813….

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