A late Georgian/ early Victoria reticule purse dating from the 1830 to 1840 period when Berlin woolwork was starting to dominate domestic embroidery. Of small proportions (NOT cut down), this cute all original beige, red and green example would have cut a dash in the dance room. We just adore the merino wool tent stitch that creates the unusual brick work design. Complete with original green silk lining (free from silk shredding or any holes), gilt brass braid top loops and yummy caterpillar tassel and braid.
Size: 6" wide by 4.75" high
Condition: This little reticule has been a favorite and therefore has some exterior condition issues. Some wear/ insect munching to the wool stitching that exposes the under canvas. One caterpillar chenille tassel is missing, the remaining tassel has a silk covered wood ball missing from one arm. The original green securing braid has broken. However, the braid could easily be fixed and a new tassel could be added. This darling reticule could then be gently used or displayed.
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