Antique mid- to late 1910s crocheted linen purse with tasseled braid drawstring features rich texture and detail despite its petite size. Alternating rows of openwork and raised knot diamond shapes pattern the purse’s chain-stitched body, which has a lacy top with pretty scalloped edge.
Please see photo #7 for some examples of similar crocheted purses from 1915 and 1916 pattern books. Delicate drawstring purses like these were referred to, variously, as reticules, opera bags, and handkerchief bags—with the smallest sizes (some as small as 6" square) clearly meant to hold only an essential trinket or two. The dainty dimensions of the example offered here suggest that it may even have been a young girl’s purse.
Lined, the purse would make a lovely bridal or summer finger-purse; unlined and filled with fragrant dried flowers or herbs, it would make a exceptional sachet.
Measurements are 5.5” high by 4” across, with an 18” (doubled) drawstring. Very good condition, clean and sturdy despite its delicate appearance. Only issue is that the part of the drawstring threaded through the top has begun to loosen and untwist, and so the purse must be drawn open and shut with care.
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1910s White Crochet Drawstring Purse or Reticule