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Antique Victorian Miser Purse Cut Steel Beadwork Fringe Dk Brown Knit Crochet

A late 19th-century purse, known as a miser’s purse. It’s crocheted from deep brown purse silk and decorated with an ornate design of steel cut beads. The rectangular end is finished in a lighter brown color and has a row of dangling metal bead fringe. They were made with two different-shaped ends to keep currencies separate. The owner could feel the difference in the ends during the dimly lit Victorian era. The purse opening is located in the middle between the two ring sliders. The sliders would be pushed down after the coins were added for safekeeping. The purses would have been worn over a men's or ladies belt or twisted around the finger.

In very good condition, some tarnish/discoloration on the metal fringe.

Size: 12” long