An illustration from ‘The Queen’ magazine, 1909, showed this style of purse described as a double Norwegian purse. This particular example is of brown crochet with gilt beads, each purse being a separate shape and both have gilt bead fringe at the bottom of the flap and the base of the purse. They are linked by matching cord to a central finger ring which is covered with fine buttonhole stitch. These cords are attached through the top of the flap to the opposite side of the purse. When the purse is opened these slide through tiny slots in the crochet so that one can insert or remove a coin, and can then be tightened up again to securely close the purse (a quite ingenious construction). This purse could be worn draped in the hand or used as a finger ring item or possibly placed over a belt. The condition of this example is excellent with no obvious breaks or defects at all. It would be a lovely addition to a collection showing the variety of purses. Maximum length 19.5 ins (49.5cm). As worn, length 9.5 ins (24.1cm). Weight 56 grams. This item appears in my book, “Chatelaines, Utility to Glorious Extravagance” on page 284.
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