We are thrilled to offer this little stocking purse. This type of purse probably originated from the sixteenth-century practice of storing coins in the toe of a stocking. It wasn't until much later in the Victorian period that this design of purse was called a Miser's purse, of course by then they were much longer in size.
This small purse could be carried easily in one's palm or tucked away inside one's reticule. The purse was made in silk thread using the netted technique. This craft of netting 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 ornate example comes from the estate sale of a European collector. We have several more of her exquisite examples please see last image.
This very small purse has a very eye catching brown and cream silk netted design. It reminds us of luxury coffee and cream chocolate. Our gorgeous little example has retained all of its original cut steel fittings. One central faceted cut steel sliding ring, and two weighty cut steel end droppers.
Size: This SMALL and vibrant example measures 7 1/4" in body length including those superb droppers. All images taken in natural English daylight.
Condition. Very good, possibly had two central sliders but difficult to know for sure owing to its very small size. One small hole to netted body under slider area. See Images
Please see the MFA collection of early purses for similar sized examples, in particular ACCESSION NUMBER 43.1063 from The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection
Antique Georgian Purse, Silk Netted, Cut Steel Finials, Circa 1820
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