These purses are made from vegetable tanned goat skins that have been dyed using period dyes. They are lined with chamois and are made entirely by hand. The design for this purse comes from a surviving example in the Bayerisches National Museum and is a common style in the 16th and 17th centuries. It hangs from a leather cord and is 7 x 7 inches (18 x 18 cms) when open. The main section is large and lined with soft chamois leather. There are also four outer pockets. £85
Augusta Auctions, April 17, 2013 - NYC, Lot 134: "Regional Separates", Slovakia, Late 19th C Incomplete costume: blouse & skirt w/ orange & yellow embroidery, (light stains); apron w/ multi-color silk lace, very good. BM
Witch's bean bag
Drawstring bag (1783). French. Small, round drawstring bag made up of four triangular panels. Polychrome opaque and translucent glass beads strung with linen thread, held together by interlocking looping stitches (sablé). Commemorates Montgolfier's balloon ascent. Two scenes on white ground, each repeated twice: portrait of Jean Francois Pilâtre de Rozier; balloon ascension of 21 November 1783 in Paris. Silk netting and braided drawstrings with four beaded tassels. Pink silk taffeta lining.
These purses are made from vegetable tanned goat skins that have been dyed using period dyes. They are lined with chamois and are made entirely by hand. The design is based on a figure in 'The Wedding Dance In The Open Air' by Pieter Bruegel painted in 1556. It hangs from a leather cord and is 8 x 6 inches (20 x 15 cms) when open. The main section is wide enough to get your hand inside and the two outer pockets are held closed with their own drawstrings.