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Silk taffeta reticule

Silk taffeta reticule
C.1840. A finely made ladies reticule or purse which is made out of silver silk taffeta and lined in white china silk. The purse features yellow silk feather stitching all around the edge, and light blue silk drawstring ties. The same yellow silk also forms the stitching for the drawstring slot and also binds the edges of the purse in miniscule stitches.
This little purse is in near mint condition. some small areas of the yellow thread used for the feather stitches has turned grey, but this is probably due to the volatile nature of vegetable dyes. A very stunning early Victorian purse, with no rips or tears. as new as the day it was made! Measures approx. 7 1/4" long, 5 1/2" wide at the top and flares out to 10 1/4" wide at the bottom.
(Formerly L. Hidic)