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Purse: T.191-1928

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Silk, with gold and silver thread. Buttonhole stitch worked spirally on a cone shaped mould; two stitches are worked into the interspace between the stitches of the previous row. Colours brown, green and pink. At the bottom is a five-pointed star, above it a band of lozenges, gold with a pink centre upon a red background. At the top a similar band of lozenges but the background a pinkish brown. The background of the main body of the purse is silver thread with two rose sprays each consisting of a rose, a bud and leaves. The draw strings are formed by a plait of silver thread and pink and blue silk; the tassels are a large and small spherical bead covered with silver bullion.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Miss R.N. Howard

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 4.5 cm
Length: 10.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928) by Howard, R. N. Miss


Late 18th century
Circa 1780 CE - Circa 1799 CE

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Thread composed of silver-gilt silver

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Identification numbers

Accession number: T.191-1928
Primary reference Number: 197577
Old object number: T.a-1928
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Created: Thursday 2 January 2014 Updated: Thursday 5 October 2017 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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