"Right Angle Weave" Purse, English, 1634
Leather, embroidered with glass beads, with knotted thread drawstrings Artist/designer Unknown
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Number T.55-1927  

The most luxurious embroidered purses, made in leather, velvet and silk, were used by both men and women. Women's purses were similar to those carried by men, but smaller, taking the form of tasselled bags that closed with tasselled drawstrings. These were often embroidered, while beadwork on leather was also popular. The decoration on this purse depicts a sprig of green and yellow acorns between a pair of birds with lozenges and flowers.

It is inscribed 'I PRAY GOD TO B(sic) MY GUIDE 1634'.

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