We are thrilled to offer this beautiful example of a silk netted stocking or short purse (later in the Victorian period called a Miser's purse when they were much longer in size). This SMALL and vibrant example measures 8.75" in total body length including those luxurious cut steel facetted tassels!!
This late Georgian/ early Regency example was made during a period of great change in the world; George 111 was still just about on the throne in Great Britain but officially recognised as insane. In this year the marriage of Napoleon and Joséphine was annulled in France. James Madison was president of the US. The Pacific Fur Company is formed by John Jacob Astor in the US. Margaret Fuller the American social reformer and writer was born. She was the first female journalist for the New York Tribune.
This circa 1800 to 1810 small purse could be carried easily in one's palm or tucked away inside one's reticule. The ecru/ ivory coloring with encrusted steel bead embellishment makes us believe that this was made as a gift to be given at a Wedding. This craft of netting and knotting was rediscovered during the late 18th and early 19th century when ladies applied the ancient art of netting to make bags, purses, shawls, mats and of course nets for catching small animals and birds ( a French delicacy). Specific implements were needed for this ladies pastime, the tools were very often beautifully crafted from wood, ivory, bone, silver or gold!!
Our elegant silk net example retains its original cut steel tassels and its two central cut steel faceted sliders to secure your coins in each end. It sparkles exquisitely and feels beautiful when held in one's hand.
Condition. Very good bright and fresh condition with only very minimal rusting to just a few of the teeny cut steel micro beads. The cream silk lining has perished. The left tassel has been repaired and is missing two of its three steel beads.
Reference: Please see the Cooper Hewitt collection of early purses for an identical French Finger Ring Purse, Accession Number 1953-106-19 and also The MFA Accession Number 41.873
This is a fabulous early example for the discerning purse collector, or Fashion Museum. This is a lovely purse that is becoming harder and harder to find. This came with a collection of early 19th century purses from a deceased English single owner collection of purses, jewellery and reticules.
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Regency Purse, Silk Netted & Cut Steel Beadwork, French Circa 1810 For Wedding
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