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Purse: T.4-1922

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Production: Unknown




Purse, tissue, silver and gold, worked with metal threads and a little silk in buttonhole and plaited braid stitches; gathered at the bottom which is embroidered like a calyx, the bag forming the corolla of the flower; plaited draw string; elaborate tassels resembling flowers with calyx of interlaced thread, petals of buttonhole stitch and stamens of Turks head knots.

Legal notes

Spencer George Perceval Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 4.5 in
Width: 11.25 in

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1923) by Perceval, Spencer George


Early 18th Century
Production date: circa AD 1700

Components of the work

Embroidery composed of silk thread metal thread
Ground composed of tissue

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: T.4-1922
Primary reference Number: 118538
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 13 September 2017 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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