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Discussion in 'Textiles, Needle Arts, Clothing' started by baileybae, Jul 4, 2020.

  1. baileybae

    baileybae Member

    New to collecting antique clothing and purses. How old do you think this purse is? Red velvet with gold metal embroidery. Measured, 6" x 7". Possibly Regency era? TIA

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  2. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    nice......any marks on the metal ??
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  3. baileybae

    baileybae Member

    No...it is not marked.
  4. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    I think early 1900s.
    Looks like someone bought the frame, embroidered, lined then stitched it to the frame.
    Making purses from patterns or kits was a popular thing to do at the turn of the century.
    Only my opinion. Wait for others.

    Maybe @Darkwing Manor will know.
  5. Darkwing Manor

    Darkwing Manor Well-Known Member

    I'm no purse expert, but I did try to find a reference for dating purses from frame style, not much luck. Most Regency purses were reticules (drawstring type), with the metal-top frames showing up around the 1820s. https://fiveminutehistory.com/the-history-of-handbags-a-5-minute-guide/
    The gold soutache-style gadrooning and the red velvet were a popular motif during the Civil War, but not conclusive evidence. http://frenchmermaidcollection.blogspot.com/p/about-soutache-history-and-use-through.html

    Bottom line, my guess is 3rd quarter 19th century, without having any info on frame dating.
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  6. Figtree3

    Figtree3 What would you do if you weren't afraid?

    Thanks for posting the links. Very interesting, and nicely illustrated!
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