Sweetmeat purse, French, c. 1670–80. Made with silk and metal brocade, braid and ribbon.
Purse, Boucheron, French, c. 1880. Made with gold. The jeweler Boucheron opened in Paris in 1858. This change purse consists of twelve overlapping panels attached to a base by drawstring chains.
Reticule, German, c. 1900. Made with silk moiré, silk satin ribbon, metal, sequins, metal beads and metal thread. A papier-mâché base made from German newspapers supports the silk exterior.
Purse, French, c. 1900–25. Made with glass enamel, leather and silver. Decorated with ajoure metalwork, guilloche engraving and yellow glass enameling.
All photos: Dan Matthews, courtesy of the Simone Handbag Museum
Source: NYT :: If Purses Are Your Bag…