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HOYFM.1.1993
Woman's long sleeved blouse of white cotton lawn. Hand and machine stitched. Centre front opening with square mother of pearl buttons. Fagotting at shoulders, armhole seams and button band. Hand embroidered scalloped edge on collar, button band and cuffs. High, shirt style collar. Pointed revere cuffs, to match collar. Hand embroidered design of petals and scrolling shapes in satin stitch and pulled work circles on shoulders, front and back panels, collar and cuffs. Tie string at waist.
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HOYFM.1142.1987
This is an extraordinary example of a reticule, a Victorian name for a woman’s small handbag or pouch, usually with a drawstring or in this case, cord handle. It is made of maroon silk and edged with red and purple cord with a cream silk lining. The majority of reticules would have been embroidered; however this one has been decorated and appliqued with fish scales in a floral design with small white beads. This was a fascinating hobby that Victorian women undertook in their spare time. Fish scale embroidery was usually worked on silk, satin or velvet. The iridescent scales of the carp, perch or goldfish were considered the most suitable. They were scraped from the fish with a knife, steeped in cold water until soft and pliable, and two small holes were pierced with a needle near the base of each scale. The scales were then coloured with a mixture of varnish and powdered colour after which they were ready to be sewn with silk thread, and were arranged in overlapping patterns.
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HOYFM.1142.1987
This is an extraordinary example of a reticule, a Victorian name for a woman’s small handbag or pouch, usually with a drawstring or in this case, cord handle. It is made of maroon silk and edged with red and purple cord with a cream silk lining. The majority of reticules would have been embroidered; however this one has been decorated and appliqued with fish scales in a floral design with small white beads. This was a fascinating hobby that Victorian women undertook in their spare time. Fish scale embroidery was usually worked on silk, satin or velvet. The iridescent scales of the carp, perch or goldfish were considered the most suitable. They were scraped from the fish with a knife, steeped in cold water until soft and pliable, and two small holes were pierced with a needle near the base of each scale. The scales were then coloured with a mixture of varnish and powdered colour after which they were ready to be sewn with silk thread, and were arranged in overlapping patterns.
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HOYFM.1142.1987
This is an extraordinary example of a reticule, a Victorian name for a woman’s small handbag or pouch, usually with a drawstring or in this case, cord handle. It is made of maroon silk and edged with red and purple cord with a cream silk lining. The majority of reticules would have been embroidered; however this one has been decorated and appliqued with fish scales in a floral design with small white beads. This was a fascinating hobby that Victorian women undertook in their spare time. Fish scale embroidery was usually worked on silk, satin or velvet. The iridescent scales of the carp, perch or goldfish were considered the most suitable. They were scraped from the fish with a knife, steeped in cold water until soft and pliable, and two small holes were pierced with a needle near the base of each scale. The scales were then coloured with a mixture of varnish and powdered colour after which they were ready to be sewn with silk thread, and were arranged in overlapping patterns.
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HOYFM.1142.1987
This is an extraordinary example of a reticule, a Victorian name for a woman’s small handbag or pouch, usually with a drawstring or in this case, cord handle. It is made of maroon silk and edged with red and purple cord with a cream silk lining. The majority of reticules would have been embroidered; however this one has been decorated and appliqued with fish scales in a floral design with small white beads. This was a fascinating hobby that Victorian women undertook in their spare time. Fish scale embroidery was usually worked on silk, satin or velvet. The iridescent scales of the carp, perch or goldfish were considered the most suitable. They were scraped from the fish with a knife, steeped in cold water until soft and pliable, and two small holes were pierced with a needle near the base of each scale. The scales were then coloured with a mixture of varnish and powdered colour after which they were ready to be sewn with silk thread, and were arranged in overlapping patterns.
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HOYFM.1142.1987
This is an extraordinary example of a reticule, a Victorian name for a woman’s small handbag or pouch, usually with a drawstring or in this case, cord handle. It is made of maroon silk and edged with red and purple cord with a cream silk lining. The majority of reticules would have been embroidered; however this one has been decorated and appliqued with fish scales in a floral design with small white beads. This was a fascinating hobby that Victorian women undertook in their spare time. Fish scale embroidery was usually worked on silk, satin or velvet. The iridescent scales of the carp, perch or goldfish were considered the most suitable. They were scraped from the fish with a knife, steeped in cold water until soft and pliable, and two small holes were pierced with a needle near the base of each scale. The scales were then coloured with a mixture of varnish and powdered colour after which they were ready to be sewn with silk thread, and were arranged in overlapping patterns.
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HOYFM.1157.1993
crocheted beaded fabric, round purse. crochet red string handle with large amber bead, green crochet acorn-shape top and tassels with white beads on ends. amber, blue, red, green and black beads create star design.
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HOYFM.1157.1993
crocheted beaded fabric, round purse. crochet red string handle with large amber bead, green crochet acorn-shape top and tassels with white beads on ends. amber, blue, red, green and black beads create star design.
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HOYFM.1157.1993
crocheted beaded fabric, round purse. crochet red string handle with large amber bead, green crochet acorn-shape top and tassels with white beads on ends. amber, blue, red, green and black beads create star design.
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HOYFM.1162.1993
Miser’s purse is a term that dates to the turn of the twentieth century, near the end of the purses popularity. It was inspired by the purse’s design, which made it very difficult to retrieve its contents. These small purses with center slit openings and sliding rings or clasp closures were abundant throughout the nineteenth century. As paintings, prints, works of literature and other ephemera from the period reveal, these purses and their unique social and symbolic roles were entrenched in contemporary culture. This purse is composed of black knitted fabric with silver metal beads incorporated in the knit, although majority of beads have rusted and lost their silver colour. The bottom of the purse has a macramé tassel of silver beads with larger beads include. Two silver rings seal the center slit opening, both are quite rusted and tarnished. However there is visible repair at the pouch end of the purse which shows that it was well worn, used and valued by the wearer.
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HOYFM.1162.1993
Miser’s purse is a term that dates to the turn of the twentieth century, near the end of the purses popularity. It was inspired by the purse’s design, which made it very difficult to retrieve its contents. These small purses with center slit openings and sliding rings or clasp closures were abundant throughout the nineteenth century. As paintings, prints, works of literature and other ephemera from the period reveal, these purses and their unique social and symbolic roles were entrenched in contemporary culture. This purse is composed of black knitted fabric with silver metal beads incorporated in the knit, although majority of beads have rusted and lost their silver colour. The bottom of the purse has a macramé tassel of silver beads with larger beads include. Two silver rings seal the center slit opening, both are quite rusted and tarnished. However there is visible repair at the pouch end of the purse which shows that it was well worn, used and valued by the wearer.
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HOYFM.1162.1993
Miser’s purse is a term that dates to the turn of the twentieth century, near the end of the purses popularity. It was inspired by the purse’s design, which made it very difficult to retrieve its contents. These small purses with center slit openings and sliding rings or clasp closures were abundant throughout the nineteenth century. As paintings, prints, works of literature and other ephemera from the period reveal, these purses and their unique social and symbolic roles were entrenched in contemporary culture. This purse is composed of black knitted fabric with silver metal beads incorporated in the knit, although majority of beads have rusted and lost their silver colour. The bottom of the purse has a macramé tassel of silver beads with larger beads include. Two silver rings seal the center slit opening, both are quite rusted and tarnished. However there is visible repair at the pouch end of the purse which shows that it was well worn, used and valued by the wearer.
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HOYFM.1162.1993
Miser’s purse is a term that dates to the turn of the twentieth century, near the end of the purses popularity. It was inspired by the purse’s design, which made it very difficult to retrieve its contents. These small purses with center slit openings and sliding rings or clasp closures were abundant throughout the nineteenth century. As paintings, prints, works of literature and other ephemera from the period reveal, these purses and their unique social and symbolic roles were entrenched in contemporary culture. This purse is composed of black knitted fabric with silver metal beads incorporated in the knit, although majority of beads have rusted and lost their silver colour. The bottom of the purse has a macramé tassel of silver beads with larger beads include. Two silver rings seal the center slit opening, both are quite rusted and tarnished. However there is visible repair at the pouch end of the purse which shows that it was well worn, used and valued by the wearer.
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HOYFM.1169.1970
In the 19th Century, the slimmer silhouettes of dresses did not allow for bulky pockets so a drawstring bag or reticule became a necessity. Needlework and sewing were an expected past time for women of the era so a work bag was an important accessory. The plainer appearance and simple shape of this bag indicates that it could have been used as a workbag if not for everyday general use. This cream satin reticule has edges piped with plaited braid. The drawstring is cream satin and is in a ribbon rosette at each side. Turquoise beading and white silk thread form a branched foliage design on both front and back. The smaller design also has small gold beads forming floral shapes. It was most likely homemade or created as a gift for someone.
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HOYFM.1169.1970
In the 19th Century, the slimmer silhouettes of dresses did not allow for bulky pockets so a drawstring bag or reticule became a necessity. Needlework and sewing were an expected past time for women of the era so a work bag was an important accessory. The plainer appearance and simple shape of this bag indicates that it could have been used as a workbag if not for everyday general use. This cream satin reticule has edges piped with plaited braid. The drawstring is cream satin and is in a ribbon rosette at each side. Turquoise beading and white silk thread form a branched foliage design on both front and back. The smaller design also has small gold beads forming floral shapes. It was most likely homemade or created as a gift for someone.
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HOYFM.1169.1970
In the 19th Century, the slimmer silhouettes of dresses did not allow for bulky pockets so a drawstring bag or reticule became a necessity. Needlework and sewing were an expected past time for women of the era so a work bag was an important accessory. The plainer appearance and simple shape of this bag indicates that it could have been used as a workbag if not for everyday general use. This cream satin reticule has edges piped with plaited braid. The drawstring is cream satin and is in a ribbon rosette at each side. Turquoise beading and white silk thread form a branched foliage design on both front and back. The smaller design also has small gold beads forming floral shapes. It was most likely homemade or created as a gift for someone.
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HOYFM.1170.1987
proof cloth
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HOYFM.1193.1993
Ivory purse with 2 silver bands decorated in relief with filigree and a central motif with initials, C. F. R engraved. Silver frame opens with a push button. 4 compartments lined with purple synthetic fabric, one secured with clasp is engraved, 'BREVETE, S.G.D.G. Breveté (or brevete without the accent as most sellers write it) means patented in French. "Breveté" indicates that the design incorporates one or more patents. "S.G.D.G." (Sans garantie du Gouvernement) is a disclaimer required by the government of France stating that it does not guarantee enforcement of the claimed patent. It means 'Without any guarantee from the Government' (Sans Garantie Du Governement) and was by law required to be stamped on ALL objects with a legal patent from 1844 until 1968, especially those manufactured for export.
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HOYFM.1193.1993
Ivory purse with 2 silver bands decorated in relief with filigree and a central motif with initials, C. F. R engraved. Silver frame opens with a push button. 4 compartments lined with purple synthetic fabric, one secured with clasp is engraved, 'BREVETE, S.G.D.G. Breveté (or brevete without the accent as most sellers write it) means patented in French. "Breveté" indicates that the design incorporates one or more patents. "S.G.D.G." (Sans garantie du Gouvernement) is a disclaimer required by the government of France stating that it does not guarantee enforcement of the claimed patent. It means 'Without any guarantee from the Government' (Sans Garantie Du Governement) and was by law required to be stamped on ALL objects with a legal patent from 1844 until 1968, especially those manufactured for export.
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HOYFM.1195.1993
Mother of pearl, oyster shell purse. Lined with stiff red fabric, card and has 3 compartments. brass, metal filigree engraved hinge and small clip fastening are what convert this shell into a purse. the circular clip is engraved with a single flower. Comparing to very similar items found in research this is a victorian purse. The shell is fresh water pearl and it is a very unique, beautiful piece. The delicate oyster shell has been converted to a coin purse with tiny brass hinges and a hardened interior fabric. It is in surprisingly great condition and has worked as a much sturdier purse than you would imagine for such a fragile looking item. There are three compartments partitioned and lined with card and red stiffened fabric. Victorian metal hinge engraved with filigree design and small clip fastening are what convert this shell into a purse. The circular clip is embossed with a single flower in centre. This is another great example of everyday items, such as coin purses, being used for mainly decorative and ornamental purposes. Shell purses like these were souvenirs sold at popular seaside resorts.
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HOYFM.1195.1993
Mother of pearl, oyster shell purse. Lined with stiff red fabric, card and has 3 compartments. brass, metal filigree engraved hinge and small clip fastening are what convert this shell into a purse. the circular clip is engraved with a single flower. Comparing to very similar items found in research this is a victorian purse. The shell is fresh water pearl and it is a very unique, beautiful piece. The delicate oyster shell has been converted to a coin purse with tiny brass hinges and a hardened interior fabric. It is in surprisingly great condition and has worked as a much sturdier purse than you would imagine for such a fragile looking item. There are three compartments partitioned and lined with card and red stiffened fabric. Victorian metal hinge engraved with filigree design and small clip fastening are what convert this shell into a purse. The circular clip is embossed with a single flower in centre. This is another great example of everyday items, such as coin purses, being used for mainly decorative and ornamental purposes. Shell purses like these were souvenirs sold at popular seaside resorts.
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HOYFM.1195.1993
Mother of pearl, oyster shell purse. Lined with stiff red fabric, card and has 3 compartments. brass, metal filigree engraved hinge and small clip fastening are what convert this shell into a purse. the circular clip is engraved with a single flower. Comparing to very similar items found in research this is a victorian purse. The shell is fresh water pearl and it is a very unique, beautiful piece. The delicate oyster shell has been converted to a coin purse with tiny brass hinges and a hardened interior fabric. It is in surprisingly great condition and has worked as a much sturdier purse than you would imagine for such a fragile looking item. There are three compartments partitioned and lined with card and red stiffened fabric. Victorian metal hinge engraved with filigree design and small clip fastening are what convert this shell into a purse. The circular clip is embossed with a single flower in centre. This is another great example of everyday items, such as coin purses, being used for mainly decorative and ornamental purposes. Shell purses like these were souvenirs sold at popular seaside resorts.
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HOYFM.1199.1993
Beige knitted purse with silver metal beads incorporated in knit, heavy weight due to metal beads. Macramé tassel at one end and large bead with tassel at other. two slightly tarnished silver rings seal center slit opening.
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HOYFM.1199.1993
Beige knitted purse with silver metal beads incorporated in knit, heavy weight due to metal beads. Macramé tassel at one end and large bead with tassel at other. two slightly tarnished silver rings seal center slit opening.
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HOYFM.1200.1970
A pin wheel pincushion. Two discs of punched card, hand embroidered in a repeating pattern of shamrocks, thistle and rose with a small cross worked in the centre. The embroidery is the same on both sides of the pincushion. The padded cushion in the centre appears to be stuffed with cotton kapok.
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