The reverse side of the Mount for Purse. This object served as a frame on which was mounted a leather or cloth purse. Worn by men at the waist, such purses were attached by means of a suspension swivel. The handsome gold inlay depicting hunting and military scenes includes the inscription ALFONSVS ESTENSIS, as well as a coat-of-arms that identifies the owner as Alfonso II d'Este, created Duke of Ferrara in 1559.
Purse frame (London Museum Type B4), incomplete. It has one pendent frame missing. It is chevron shaped, quite slender and spherical in section, with flat disc terminals. The pendent frame is spherical in section and it has no central boss. The metal frame is usually the only surviving part of a medieval purse. Production Date: Late Medieval; 14th-15th century
Purse frame, incomplete (the inner pendent hoop which would have formed the lid of the purse is missing). The purse bar, the outer pendent hoop and the loop for attachment to the owner's belt survive. The metal frame is usually the only surviving part of a medieval purse. Production Date: Late Medieval-Tudor; late 15th-early 16th century?