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In the 19th Century, the slimmer silhouettes of dresses did not allow for bulky pockets so a drawstring bag or reticule became a necessity. Needlework and sewing were an expected past time for women of the era so a work bag was an important accessory. The plainer appearance and simple shape of this bag indicates that it could have been used as a workbag if not for everyday general use.
This cream satin reticule has edges piped with plaited braid. The drawstring is cream satin and is in a ribbon rosette at each side. Turquoise beading and white silk thread form a branched foliage design on both front and back. The smaller design also has small gold beads forming floral shapes. It was most likely homemade or created as a gift for someone.