More than 160 years ago we celebrated the first world exposition. While there had been previous national exhibitions, the “Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations” in 1851 London was the first to become a worldwide event. The Great Exhibition, as it is known, sparked an event that continues to this day with the opening of Expo 2015 Milan.
In 1939 what is considered the medieval equivalent of King Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered under a burial mound in Suffolk, England. Underneath one of the mounds was an 88 foot (27 meter) long Anglo Saxon ship from the 7th century (between 610 and 635 AD). At the center of the ship was a burial chamber packed with an amazing treasure.
Few of us enjoy a close relationship with history. For most of us, we are a few degrees of separation closer to Kevin Bacon than the country’s founding fathers. But for two APCS members an auction would lead to one of those great chance encounters with history.
As costume and textile historians are found of remarking, fashion does not exist in a vacuum. Clothing and accessories are influenced by all manner of technology, social and economic forces. And so it is with these series of purses. Featured in the links below are four abolitionist purses – two in collections in the United States and two in collections in London.
I’ll let you in on a secret – I’m a sucker for animal purses. Whether it’s wicker dogs, beaded cats or celluloid animals, I love them all. So when I spotted this velvet owl purse on Etsy I knew it was destined to be mine. And that’s where this Purse Tale begins. I bought the […]