Most of the museum’s purses, pouches, and bags were collected for their exquisite embroidery and beadwork. They include 17th century gaming purses, 18th and 19th century letter cases, sewing bags, and so-called “miser’s purses,” a type of beaded net change purse carried inside a pocket or reticule. Pockets were formerly separate items worn under a woman’s skirt and accessed through a slit in the seam.

  • Purse (France)
  • silk and metal-wrapped silk embroidery on silk foundation.
  • Gift of the estate of Mrs. Lathrop Colgate Harper.
  • 1957-180-11
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 3 images of this object.
  • Bag (England)
  • silk, silver-wrapped silk thread, linen.
  • Bequest of Marian Hague.
  • 1971-50-114
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 2 images of this object.
  • Purse
  • silk, gilt wire, metal-wrapped silk, coils of gilt and silver wire, and gilt....
  • Bequest of Marian Hague.
  • 1971-50-71
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 3 images of this object.
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 2 images of this object.
  • Purse (England)
  • metallic yarns.
  • Museum purchase from Au Panier Fleuri, McNeil, and General Acquisitions....
  • 1989-30-1
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 2 images of this object.
  • Letter Case
  • paper, silk, gold-wrapped silk, gold wire, foil, and spangles on silk foundation.
  • Gift of the Marquis Val Verde de la Sierra.
  • 1924-27-6
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 2 images of this object.
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • Purse (England)
  • silk embroidery on silk and metallic foundation, metal frame.
  • Gift of Sarah Cooper Hewitt.
  • 1929-20-23
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 4 images of this object.
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • Purse (France)
  • gold-wrapped silk, horsehair.
  • Bequest of Richard Cranch Greenleaf in memory of his mother, Adeline Emma....
  • 1962-55-8
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 4 images of this object.
  • Bag (England)
  • silk, metal-wrapped silk and coils of gilt foil on linen.
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.
  • 1928-16-42
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 3 images of this object.
  • Purse (Spain)
  • silk and metallic embroidery, silk foundation and lining, linen backing.
  • Museum purchase through gift of Commander Henry H. Gorringe.
  • 1950-115-3
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 4 images of this object.
  • Pocket
  • wool embroidery, linen foundation, cotton backing.
  • 1957-157-6
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 2 images of this object.
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 4 images of this object.
  • Purse (France)
  • silk, glass beads.
  • Gift of the estate of Mrs. Lathrop Colgate Harper.
  • 1957-180-17
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 3 images of this object.
  • Pocketbook
  • silk, gold-wrapped silk, gold-wrapped linen.
  • Bequest of Marian Hague.
  • 1971-50-112
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 3 images of this object.
  • Bag (Spain)
  • silk, metal.
  • Gift of Mrs. R. Keith Kane from the Estate of Mrs. Robert B. Noyes.
  • 1943-5-1
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 2 images of this object.
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • Letter Case (Spain)
  • silk, metallic thread.
  • Gift of the Marquis Val Verde de la Sierra.
  • 1924-27-2
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 2 images of this object.
  • Purse (France)
  • cotton, silk.
  • Gift of Richard C. Greenleaf.
  • 1961-95-1
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 2 images of this object.
  • Letter Case (France)
  • silk and metal thread on silk foundation.
  • Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council.
  • 1925-1-50
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 3 images of this object.
  • Purse (France)
  • silk, gold-wrapped silk.
  • Gift of Irwin Untermyer.
  • 1959-170-6
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 2 images of this object.
  • Purse
  • silk and metal-wrapped silk.
  • Gift of Eleanor Garnier Hewitt.
  • 1931-40-54
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 3 images of this object.
  • Purse (France)
  • silk, metal thread, straw.
  • Gift of Eleanor Garnier Hewitt.
  • 1931-47-22
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 2 images of this object.
  • Purse (France)
  • silk, gold-wrapped silk, horsehair (id: lab).
  • Bequest of Richard Cranch Greenleaf in memory of his mother, Adeline Emma....
  • 1962-55-9
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 4 images of this object.
  • Purse (France)
  • horsehair, silk and metal-wrapped silk-core yarn.
  • Bequest of Richard Cranch Greenleaf in memory of his mother, Adeline Emma....
  • 1962-58-28
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 2 images of this object.
  • Purse (France)
  • silk and metal thread embroidery over paper on silk foundation.
  • Gift of Frederick P.Victoria.
  • 1942-65-1
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 2 images of this object.
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • Letter Case
  • silk and straw embroidery on silk foundation.
  • Gift of Richard C. Greenleaf.
  • 1951-105-18
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 3 images of this object.
  • Purse (Germany)
  • silk and metal thread embroidery on silk foundation.
  • Gift of Irwin Untermyer.
  • 1959-170-5
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 3 images of this object.
  • Purse (Germany)
  • silk and metallic thread embroidery, foil strips, coiled gilt wire, and....
  • Bequest of Richard Cranch Greenleaf in memory of his mother, Adeline Emma....
  • 1962-55-1
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 4 images of this object.
  • Letter Case (France)
  • silk and metal-wrapped silk embroidery on silk foundation.
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.
  • 1925-2-65
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 2 images of this object.
  • Purse (Germany)
  • silk and metal thread embroidery with gilt spangles on silk foundation.
  • Bequest of Richard Cranch Greenleaf in memory of his mother, Adeline Emma....
  • 1962-55-3
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 4 images of this object.
  • Reticule (France)
  • silk, painted paper, wire.
  • Gift of Richard C. Greenleaf.
  • 1951-105-11
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 3 images of this object.
  • Bag (France)
  • silk, metal.
  • Bequest of Richard Cranch Greenleaf in memory of his mother, Adeline Emma....
  • 1962-55-12
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 4 images of this object.