|Description: A silver chain mail purse with a metal chain handle. A clasp is attached to the rim, which is formed from two pieces of metal joined by hinges. A front rim is carved with foliage and bird patterns. Four metal balls hang from the bottom. A fifth might have been attached at one time.
History:The donor record indicates that it had come from the St Lawrence Starch Company in Port Credit. Perhaps it was a gift to an employee(?). The St. Lawrence Starch Company was founded in 1889 by John Gray. It was a corn wet-milling operation with the purpose of producing starch and glucose from corn. Many of the product lines produced by St. Lawrence Starch are still in use today such as Durham Starch and Bee Hive Corn Syrup. Food products were only a small portion of the business done at St. Lawrence Starch as starch is an additive in many industrial products such as cement and plastic.
St. Lawrence Starch was located at the bottom of Hurontario Street and Lakeshore Road in Port Credit. It was a major industry for this area. The milling operation closed down in 1990 due to competition and high tariffs on corn. In 1993 St. Lawrence Starch announced a marketing alliance with Cargill, Minneapolis, which provides Cargill with exclusive sales services of corn sweeteners and corn starches in the Canadian Market. For more information on the St Lawrence Starch Company, see ‘St Lawrence Starch 100 Years 1889-1989’.