We are always amazed at the myriad of techniques used for making these purses during the Georgian and Victorian period. Miser's purses were so very popular for both women and gentlemen. They were knitted, crocheted, netted and knotted. Beads very often incorporated in the fancy designs. No wonder that they were always a most popular gift for a friend or loved one.

This early Victorian smaller example is no exception. The body netted in graduating shades of red through to purple through to dark brown silk with encrusted teeny cut steel beads incorporated into the netting!! Because of the encrusted steel beading, this purse feels lovely in your hand - very well balanced.

To one end we see a very ornate cut steel fringe, to the other end a far simpler design in cut steel beads. Each end was different as different denominations of coins were kept at each end. Access to your coins through the integral central slit. The central cut steel sliding ring keep your coins in situ. Patterns for such purses were advertised in the lady's magazines of the period.

Size: Including tassels 12 inch long by 1.75 inch at its widest point, or (30 cm) by (4.5 cm).

Condition: Showing its age a little. An old repair to the plainer cut steel tasseled end. Some age related rusting to this plainer tassel.

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Trinity Antiques

Antique 19th Century Purse, Victorian Red & Purple Silk Miser's Purse, Cut Steel Beads, Circa 1860


    Unique, quality antiques direct from The Cotswolds, England for sustainable home interiors.
    Curated with love. Celebrating 11 wonderful years on Ruby Lane and Platinum shop status.


    since 2011

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    Trinity Antiques

    Victoria Clark
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    The Cotswolds , England , UK This Shop is rated Platinum - 1,000 or more sales Platinumsince 2011

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