Meerten book purse illustration

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in News, Purse Tales, Research
Meerten book purse illustration

Check out this illustration from A. B. van Meerten’s “Penelope of Maandwerk aan het Vrouwelijk Geslacht Toegewijd” that looks a lot like Paula Higgins’ spiderweb design needlework purse c. 1820.

Purse Tales: The Illusive Alfred Shaheen Purse

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in Purse Tales
Purse Tales: The Illusive Alfred Shaheen Purse

In 2010 I purchased the Workman Publishing Purse A Day calendar. Imagine my surprise when while flipping through the calendar, I came across a purse on Jan. 5, 2010 from the Amsterdam Museum of Bags and Purse, that I didn’t even know existed.

Purse Tales: WAC Dorothy L. Lammerson

Posted by on May 10, 2015 in Purse Tales
Purse Tales: WAC Dorothy L. Lammerson

Despite challenges, more than 150,000 WACs served in World War 2, releasing seven divisions of men for combat. One of these WACs was Pvt. Dorothy L. Head who later married and became Pvt. Dorothy L. Lammerson. This is her purse.

The story of the World Expos as told by purses

Posted by on May 9, 2015 in Purse News, Purse Tales
The story of the World Expos as told by purses

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.

Sutton Hoo purse lid

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Purse Tales, Research
Sutton Hoo purse lid

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.

Camilla’s Purse

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Purse Tales, Research
Camilla’s Purse

This story is about an ordinary person – Camilla Gottlieb – and the extraordinary life she lived. On May 27, 1964 Camilla Gottlieb died. We might never have learned the full details of Camilla’s extraordinary story except for one thing – her purse.

Abigail Adams dimity pocket discovery

Posted by on Feb 14, 2015 in Purse Tales, Research
Abigail Adams dimity pocket discovery

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.

Abolitionist movement purses

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Purse Tales, Research
Abolitionist movement purses

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.

Purse Tales: Kate Harris Puritan Maid

Posted by on Jan 11, 2015 in News, Purse Tales
Purse Tales: Kate Harris Puritan Maid

This purse tale illustrates how having a knowledge of jewelry can help you find and identify purses. Plus, who doesn’t love looking at beautiful jewelry, right?

Our story begins on Ebay.

Purse Tales: The Velvet Owl

Posted by on Oct 2, 2014 in Purse Tales
Purse Tales: The Velvet Owl

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 […]