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The steady development of the railroad network during the first half of the 19th century demanded more manageable luggage. Spacious bags with a lockable metal handle became fashionable and can be considered a predecessor of contemporary women’s handbags. The horizontally rectangular handled bag combines a basic form with ingenious feminine equipment: the outer material, a dark brown leather with punched trefoil forms and goldprinted gold accents, is underlain with red-green-beige striped ribbed silk. All seams are covered in a red-golden silk cord.

Details

  • Title: Travelling Bag
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: ca. 1840
  • Stylistic point of origin: England
  • Rights: Photo © bpk - Photo Agency / Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Stephan Klonk │ Text © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Christine Waidenschlager
  • Provenance: 2003 Kamer/Ruf collection; 1989 Christie’s, London, Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz
  • Physical Dimensions: w35.5 x h39 cm
  • ISIL no.: DE-MUS-018417
  • Type: Bag
  • External Link: http://www.smb.museum/museen-und-einrichtungen/kunstgewerbemuseum/home.html
  • Medium: Brown leather, red, green and beige rep weaweave silk, metal Lining: blue-white striped cotton with chintz finish

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