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Purse

Description

Bead decorated small purse closed by a gold-colored hinged metal clasp at top. Each side of the purse is covered by clear and opaque gold and blue glass beads sewn to a plain-woven cotton backing. The design formed is a clear ground with dotted blue abstract flowers with a gold bead center. The top edge of the purse (near the clasp) is echoed by a triple line of blue beads. The base is rounded and decorated by a blue six-petaled flower that ends in a beaded tassel suspended from the base. On one side of the purse is the date "1834" in beads. On the other are the initials "MEC."

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1834
Associated Building
Coffin House (Newbury, Mass.).
Material
beads (pierced objects)
cotton (textile)
metal
Object type
Personal Gear
Descriptive terms
beads (pierced objects)
cotton (textile)
metal
Purse
purses (ladies' accessories)
Dimensions
4.75 x 3 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1985.474
Credit Line
Gift of Margaret E.C. Merriam in memory of her mother Elizabeth Low Coffin Colman
GUSN
50446

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