Regency Reticule Purse Blue Velvet and Cut Steel Beadwork Circa 1825
This is a stunning little reticule from the late Georgian, Regency era. This divine reticule is English in origin and dates from the 1820-30 period. This fine example is offered in the loveliest thick blue velvet with wrigglework and paisley designed cut steel beading. One can so easily imagine a young lady illustrated with this example in one of the many fashion periodicals of the period, perhaps Ackermanns Repository or La Belle Assemblee.
This divine example measures a small 7" by 6.5” excluding the 1" high beadwork fringe.
Condition is by no means museum standard as it is a little worn as one would expect from an original 180 plus year used example. It is perfectly strong but has the following points to note. This beautiful and skilfully constructed purse has received good use, obviously a firm favorite. There is some minor rusting to the cut steel bead decoration as is very common. The blue silk ribbon handle appears to be the original, as there is perishing/ shredding to this. Three cut steel fringe loops are missing. There is minor wear to the velvet pile on the edges. The original silk lining has long since perished and been replaced with a thick silk modern replacement.
This gorgeous little example still displays beautifully and is certainly worthy of pride of place in your Regency period costume collection. See it displayed with 19th century cut steel jewelry. Isn't the blue to die for..........
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