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Object ID Number SAM 1947.19b
Object Name Pocket
Title Beaded Bag
Date 19th century
Culture French
Credit line Gift of Mrs. Frank Adams
Exhibit Label Highly decorated accessories were fashionable in Western culture during the Victorian Era, including heavy beadwork. Women’s clothing was generally produced without pockets, so beaded accessories including pockets and drawstring bags, called “reticules,” became common. A portable pocket, sometimes called “miser’s purse,” could be secured to the waistband for holding coins or small items. Beaded purses to be carried by hand or around the wrist were also popular, some decorated with pastoral scenes as seen here, or with filigree or floral designs. These items evolved from the stocking pocket, and developed to fit the tastes of a Victorian audience.
Medium Satin/Glass Beads
Material Satin/Beads/Thread/Cord
Length (in) 8.75
Width (in) 6.25
Currently on view No
Subjects Beadwork