"Right Angle Weave" Purse, English,
embroidered with glass beads, with knotted thread drawstrings
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Number T.55-1927
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'.