Side one: Embroidered bag, by Mrs. James Burges, c. 1795. The maker was probably Mary Margaret Dennis (born 1779) who married James Burges in 1799. Each side of the bag has delightful floral embroidery in silk thread.
Reticule - Latin rete, "net," became reticulum, "netted bag." An older term for a small handbag (used in the 18th and 19th centuries), it alludes to the fact that they were originally made of netted fabric, brocade or beaded. - early 19th century
Reticule Date: first quarter 19th century Culture: British Medium: silk, cotton, metal Dimensions: collapsed: 4 1/2 x 6 1/4 in. (11.4 x 15.9 cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Designated Purchase Fund, 1982 Accession Number: 2009.300.2197
Pocketbook c1715 French Dimensions Overall: 3 15/16 x 6 5/16 x 9/16 in Accession Number 43.2343 Medium or Technique Glass beads strung on linen (sablé); woven silk and metallic thread. On cardboard foundation.