It’s always nice to have a handbag for those special events and social soirées. But does one go with an elegant basket pattern, knit lace or colorful exquisite beading? Well, how about having them all?!
Basket-shaped drawstring bag. English or French, 1800–30. Ecru cotton knit embroidered with colored glass beads in floral bands on upper half; openwork with gold-colored bead stripes on lower half; gold-colored bead star motif and inscription “SOUVENIR” on base. Pink silk cord drawstring with 2 yellow metallic and pink silk tassels. Length = 20 cm (7 7/8 in.). (Click on the link to view large size photo on the museum web page. The detail is fabulous.)