Since I don't have any posts on sewing ready today, I'm sharing another pretty thing from my Old Stuff Collection. There were more than just photo albums in my Grandparent's attic. I also found some very nice old bits of costume, including this fantastic reticule.
here, which is listed as Edwardian. Grandpa could have misremembered, he wasn't born until 1923, so he wouldn't remember his aunt going to Europe.
I think it probably is Edwardian.
The reticule is made of fine black leather, with the rough side out. It has two pockets, one on each side.
|You can see the smooth side of the leather inside the pocket flap.|
|They aren't attached very securely.|
|The one with the purple back is the outside piece, and the ones that are all black are the two side pieces that are folded in.|
|Here is a better shot of how it folds. One of the cords goes through one way and one goes the other way.|
The soft fuzzy side of the leather sheds black dust, you can see the large grey smudge it left on the sheet in several of these pictures.
|The tearing and the popped out grommet.|
|The perfect line of fringe is completely ruined. What a mess.|
|Who did this? What were they thinking?|
Here is a picture of the unaltered fringe. It's all the exact same pattern. The fringe is on the bottom edge of the bag and the bottoms of the pockets. The narrow beading is on all other edges except the two that are covered by the pocket flaps.
That's all for now. Hopefully I shall be back in less than a week with some actual sewing.