Purse, last quarter of century, English, colored silks with silver and gold thread on linen-Elaborately embroidered purses such as this example were known as "sweet bags" and were used to carry scented herbs or essences to cover unpleasant odors.
Purse, France, century, White ribbed silk semi-circular purse with drawstring top, embroidered with polychrome silks in floral designs and edged in silver bobbin lace. Lined with blue taffeta; beaded green silk cord at top.
The acorns hanging at the bottom of this bag are thought to represent the notion to 'save and prosper'. Initially purses were not only used to put spending money in, they were used for saving money too.