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Purse

Unknown1600/1699

The Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum

Purses are also associated with the lighter side of life in the sixteenth and seventeenth century, in particular with gambling and cards, which was enjoyed by both men and women. Gaming purses were specifically functional. Made with a circular, stiffened base, the gathered sides were formed from a narrow circle of cloth such as velvet, which released to form an open container for coins or gaming chips; many were mongrammed to ensure that takings were claimed by their rightful owners.

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  • Title: Purse
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1600/1699
  • Location: France
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 3 in, Diameter: 4.25 in
  • Medium: Embroidered velvet with metal thread, lined with silk

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