Black Velveteen Shoulder Purse w/ Pearl Applique - Renaissance - Victorian


The perfect purse for any formal occasion! Framed purses date back to the Renaissance when some were very ornate, with huge clasps. This one is less ostentatious, yet dressy enough to be an excellent accessory for your prom, ball or court wear.

The classic black velveteen purse is fully lined and is carefully sewn to a silver metal frame. Attached to the frame is a shoulder chain that measures 16" folded in half.

An applique stitched with silver thread, chains and pearls embellishes the front. The back remains unadorned. A tassel hangs from the bottom.

The purse measures approx. 8 inches wide and 7 inches deep, not including the point at the bottom nor the 3" tassel.

We ship via USPS Priority Mail - Insured for safety and so that your package can be tracked on-line.

Also available in red and dark green, listed separately.

MUSEUM OF LONDON - 15th - 16th c. Copper alloy purse frame, its central shield-shaped boss has an attachment loop. The purse frame has flat section side bars, two pendant frames and is decorated with religious inscriptions. Towards the end of the 1400s it became fashionable for rich men to wear large purses hanging from their belts. They were made of velvet or other expensive fabric fitted to fancy metal frames. This purse frame is inscribed with Christian prayers to protect the purse and its contents from loss or theft. The upper bar reads in Latin (wrongly spelt) "AVE MARIA GACIE PLE", continuing on the back "A DOMINV TECVM" - 'Hail Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with you'. The hinged frames are marked "DEO HONOR ET [GLO]RIA" and "LAVS TIBI SOLI" - 'Honour and glory to God' and 'Praise to you alone'.

DIY - Want to make a purse using your own fabric?
We have the FRAMES ONLY in our Misc Supplies & Tools Section.

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