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Purse: T.1-1960

Object information

Current Location: In storage






Beaded purse. Beads, 24 to the inch, on crocheted silk. Background colour opalescent with blue, green, grey, pink, red. Crocheted circularly one bead to each stitch, tapered at bottom by six sets of intakes and finished by a tassel of coral coloured beads. It is gathered at the top to two gilt bars with a coral bead at each end, fastened by a gilt ring decorated with coral beads and attached by a gilt chain.
The decoration reading clockwise - a table tomb with an urn overflowing with roses on it, a tall cypress tree, at its foot a little church, a column wreathed with roses, at its base a tablet with S upon it, a cypress tree. The background of the lower 1.5" is dark red, its upper edge zigzagged, in each triangular section formed by the intakes is a motif formed by massed flowers.


History note: Miss G. Caton Thompson on Applied Arts card

Legal notes

Given by Dr. Gertrude Caton-Thompson

Measurements and weight

Height: 4.5 in
Width: 3 in

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1960) by Caton-Thompson, Gertrude


Early 19th Century
Circa 1800 CE - Circa 1849 CE

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Identification numbers

Accession number: T.1-1960
Primary reference Number: 197525
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Created: Thursday 5 December 2013 Updated: Thursday 14 September 2017 Last processed: Monday 15 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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