Finger Ring Purse

Artist/maker unknown, French

Geography:
Made in France, Europe

Date:
19th century

Medium:
Crocheted silk; steel beads, rods and ring

Dimensions:
3 7/8 × 1 3/4 inches (9.8 × 4.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

* Gallery 271, Costume and Textiles, second floor

Accession Number:
1965-33-48

Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Frederick T. Cumerford in memory of her mother, Mrs. Edward C. Moën, 1965

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Label:
In the early twentieth century miser’s purses were frequently confused with other types of nineteenth-century purses, known as string purses and finger ring purses, due to the decline of interest in miser’s purses and the deterioration of handiwork skills. Like miser’s purses, these accessories were used to safeguard coins and other precious items. These styles were not as prevalent, likely because their respective crisscrossing strings and single sac made them problematic accessories for storing valuables.


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