This is a special small purse with short handle and flap opening created from plain and ribbed brown fabric. On the front is a decorative circle with bars top and bottom, enhanced with small pieces of marcasite. This is actually the frame for a watch which is housed in a small internal pocket so that the centre of the face of the watch can be viewed from the outside. The watch is made by “Ingraham, Pat. Appl’d For” and is in working order – it can be removed for winding and adjustment. The internal section of the purse has an additional small pocket and it closes securely with a press-stud. The condition is good for age though there is some rubbing at the edges of the purse. Beneath the glass, the dial appears to either have fine linear patterning or wear as a result of age (see image). The back of the watch has a small area of wear. This is therefore a most unusual small handbag with the addition of a watch or a watch used in an interesting and unconventional way! Maximum width 9 ins (22.8cm). Weight 184 grams. This item can be seen in the book, "How the Watch was Worn - A Fashion for 500 Years", on page 200.
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