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Miser's Purse

This is a Miser's purse. It is dated 1810–30 and we acquired it in 1953. Its medium is silk, metal and its technique is netting. It is a part of the Textiles department.


Miser’s purses were used by men and women to carry coins and other small objects. The metal rings slide to the side to reveal a slit which gives access to the contents inside.

This object was donated by Mrs. Albert Blum. It is credited Gift of Mrs. Albert Blum.

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 3.2 × 24.1 cm (1 1/4 in. × 9 1/2 in.)

Cite this object as

Miser's Purse; silk, metal; H x W x D: 3.2 × 24.1 cm (1 1/4 in. × 9 1/2 in.); Gift of Mrs. Albert Blum; 1953-106-57

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Paisley.

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