Black satin purse, almost entirely covered with silk embroidery, Oriental, early 20th century. Probably made from a panel made for the export market, this beautifully designed embroidery has motifs typical of Chinese workmanship. The ivory Netsuke (man, monkey and ball) clasp is probably from Japan. The bag is lined with changeable silk (pink/gray), has two gathered pockets inside and also contained a gold leather wallet when it was given to the Museum. The 1917 penny found inside also helps date it. This lovely accessory was given to the Museum in 1979 by Gertrude Sanford Legendre (1902-2000); she or her mother may have owned it. Click here to learn a little bit more about Mrs. Legendre.
TEXTILE TUESDAYS: Each Tuesday we post a piece from our textile collection. Some items have been on exhibit, some will eventually be shown in our new Historic Textiles Gallery and some may be just too fragile to display. We hope you enjoy our selection each week – do let us know if there’s something in particular you’d like to see on TEXTILE TUESDAY! #TextileTuesday