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Miser's Purse, 1840–70

This is a Miser's purse. It is dated 1840–70 and we acquired it in 1953. Its medium is silk, metal-wrapped silk core threads, metal beads and rings and its technique is crochet. It is a part of the Textiles Department department.



Metal beads are crocheted into this purse to make three bands of paisleys. Beads are also used to trace the line of the slit opening, presumably making it quicker and easier for the user to access the contents of the purse.

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

Its dimensions are

L x W x D: 26.7 × 5.1 cm (10 1/2 × 2 in.)

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Miser's Purse, 1840–70; silk, metal-wrapped silk core threads, metal beads and rings; L x W x D: 26.7 × 5.1 cm (10 1/2 × 2 in.); Gift of Mrs. Albert Blum; 1953-106-82

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

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