A superb example of an embroidered religious accessory from the period of Napoleon III, it dates towards the later half of the period (1860-1880). It originates from Paris with provenance to a small devotional collection.
This burse would have been used to house the Corporal used in the ceremony of Holy Mass. The construction is simple but beautiful, beginning with two very thick paper boards. A custom cover was made from expensive creme colored silk. The embroidery was hand worked (in the Jacobean style). Rich reds and soft greens create beautiful flowers which encircle the initials for Christ. A central cross is placed through the center of the "H". Beautiful embroidered roping weaves its way around the initials and through the flowers. A 1/4" dark brown braid with diamonds composed of dots borders the entire design. There is a little flap which folds over a silk covered button. The embroidery on the flap repeats the pattern from the main design. There is a pocket which is 7" deep with an opening of 2" at the top. A long measure of red, gold and white cording serves as a strap (for carrying).
The total measurements are: 8" tall x 9" wide. It is in good antique condition. There are inventory numbers on the button side and on the inside of the flap. These most likely can be removed with the proper product but we chose to leave this decision to the final owner. There is light wear and light darkening to the silk on the button side and on the edging.
The rich colors and sumptuous design are magnificent. It is an elegant example of devotional embroidery in accessories from the gilded age of Napoleon III.
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