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The 1660s
Restoration Costume Comes to Life

Part 4, Page 6
The Whole Look, Accessories: Purses

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Lower Class Women and Men Gentry and Aristocracy, Women Gentry and Aristocracy, Men The Whole Look: Accessories Costume Focus: Women's Headwear & Neckwear


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Purses are never seen in paintings, probably because lady would not carry a purse, she simply had her maid to carry everything she needed. Some purses though survived an their material and decoration shows that they belonged to rich women. On the other hand this would be an item which is not shown on paintings which shows the sitter in the 'Sunday best' or some allegorical draping.

Purse made from pale blue silk with bright orange silk ribbon loops and applied silver lace.
French purse made from tapestry fabric with green silk ribbon loops and drawstring on the top.
French purse made from silk tapestry fabric.

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