Friday, February 1, 2013

Late 18th C Embroidered Purse

From the seller:

This is a lovely hand embroidered silk reticule, dating from about 1790. It has quite likely been made up from a man's waistcoat, which was never constructed, as there are very faint pattern indications, which are hardly noticable. Finest embroidery and fresh colours make this a very collectable item. The inside lining is of pink cotton.

The condition is excellent, although the ribbon drawstring is weak and may have to be replaced. The reticule measures 9 1/2" x 10"

From Me:

It looks like this was meant to be a waistcoat but, based on the pen ink still there and not embroidered over, the waistcoat got turned into a purse. It might have been the waistcoat was too small, the pattern got messed up, a small child/animal/husband spilled something all over most of the waistcoat and only leaving a small bit of it looking in any sort of reasonable condition... yeah, we've all been there.

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