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Bag or purse


Bag or purse, c. 1560-1600. Bag or purse, described as a 'sweet bag', and made from pink silk satin, embroidered with floral design in coloured silk threads and metal threads, with applied metal spangles/sequins. Bag fastens with drawstring cord of multi-coloured threads, threaded through eyelets running round top of bag, and finishing in acorn terminals and tassels of coloured and metal threads - one on each side. Long handle of same cord is attached to each side of bag. Bottom is trimmed with 3 small tassels worked from metal thread.

  • Measurements

  • Length

    325 mm (cord)

  • Width

    250 mm

  • Height

    110 mm

  • Credit line

    CC-BY-NC-ND Image Courtesy of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust