White silk reticule gathered into square top with filigree edge, piped with green satin. Embroidered with green velvet ivy sprays applied with gold couching. Lined with white silk. Handmade. c.1800.

White silk reticule gathered into square top with filigree edge, piped with green satin. Embroidered with green velvet ivy sprays applied with gold couching. Lined with white silk. Handmade. c.1800.

Hand-painted silk purse, possibly American, c. 1810. The purse features hand-painted velvet theorems padded with newspaper and backed with ivory silk. The theorems are outlined with ivory satin braided cord. The brown silk bag is gathered to fit around the theorems. Everything is hand stitched. The hand-painted flowers are still fresh and lovely. Theorem Painting was an American decorative technique from the first part of the 19th century. A cohesive composition is achieved through a series…

Hand-painted silk purse, possibly American, c. 1810. The purse features hand-painted velvet theorems padded with newspaper and backed with ivory silk. The theorems are outlined with ivory satin braided cord. The brown silk bag is gathered to fit around the theorems. Everything is hand stitched. The hand-painted flowers are still fresh and lovely. Theorem Painting was an American decorative technique from the first part of the 19th century. A cohesive composition is achieved through a series…

This bracelet made of seed pearls and mother-of-pearl, dates from the early part of the 19th century.  (The Museum of Costume, London)

This bracelet made of seed pearls and mother-of-pearl, dates from the early part of the 19th century. (The Museum of Costume, London)

Drawstring bag of Chinese satin American, Early 19th century USA DIMENSIONS 16.7 x 17.5 cm (6 9/16 x 6 7/8 in. ) MEDIUM OR TECHNIQUE Silk, Chinese satin, paper, pigment, metal, foil / painting CLASSIFICATION Costumes ACCESSION NUMBER 51.1991

Drawstring bag of Chinese satin American, Early 19th century USA DIMENSIONS 16.7 x 17.5 cm (6 9/16 x 6 7/8 in. ) MEDIUM OR TECHNIQUE Silk, Chinese satin, paper, pigment, metal, foil / painting CLASSIFICATION Costumes ACCESSION NUMBER 51.1991

Beetle Wing Purse, circa 1830-50 | Beetle wings became popular decoration during the Regency period and by the 1850s, they were full-on trendy. The chenille swags on this particular bag were popular during the 1830s and 40s, which helps date this particular example. The museum dates it much later, but this bag is no later than 1865.

Beetle Wing Purse, circa 1830-50 | Beetle wings became popular decoration during the Regency period and by the 1850s, they were full-on trendy. The chenille swags on this particular bag were popular during the 1830s and 40s, which helps date this particular example. The museum dates it much later, but this bag is no later than 1865.

gold instrument brooches - violin and harp are English, 1890, and the lute is French, 1850 - with guilloche and old mine cut diamond elements.. these are exquisite!

gold instrument brooches - violin and harp are English, 1890, and the lute is French, 1850 - with guilloche and old mine cut diamond elements.. these are exquisite!

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