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Change Purse
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Title: Change Purse
Identifier: 979.6.163
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: 1890-1920
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A beaded cloth purse with a silver hinged lid. The black cloth has a large weave and is decorated with silver coloured beads in a diamond pattern. The cloth is attached to a silver ring with a hinged lid. The lid has a decorative image of a ladies face with flowing hair surrounding her (Art Nouveau Style?).

A change purse is a small purse used to hold coins. Change purses have been used for thousands of years. They were carried by both men and women until menís pants got pockets after which, change purses became a feminine accessory. Change purses can be made from a variety of materials and in a range of designs from the simple to the elaborate. Gold and silver beaded and sequined purses were common in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Purses were also often decorated with elaborate hand embroidery. Change purses were and are symbol of status. In early days purses were judged by their quality of materials and intricacy of design. Today they are judged by brand.
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