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Stylish Chinese Embroidered Purse with Watch Holder, late 19th Century
This is a lovely Chinese purse that would have been worn looped over a belt. The main fabric is glowing deep blue silk and includes a section for notes, an additional pocket and a main area with a circular cut-out for a pocketwatch. This area is surrounded with coloured wire and has an additional cord to secure the watch in position. The silk is finely embroidered and edged with a band of braid of multiple blue shades. This panel plus another is exquisitely embroidered in very fine gilt, silver and shaded subtle green and red to provide a most elegant effect. The overall condition of the purse is very good for age with some very slight wear of the edges of the silk and some rubbing of the inner surface. It has been photographed in one image showing a watch as it may have been worn but this is not included. This would make a most unusual and desirable addition to a collection of Oriental fashion accessories or for those interested in watch-related items. Width 3.5 ins (8.9cm), total length 10.5 ins (26.6cm). Weight 38 grams. This item appears in my book, “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on page 223.
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