The reticule was a small handbag used mainly from 1795 to 1820. With the fashion shift in gowns to thin fabrics and columnar skirts, deep waist pockets were no longer possible. The reticule was typically shaped similar to a pocket and usually had a drawstring closure. Simple to ornate, large to small, the reticule design was limitless. Visit my Pinterest for numerous boards containing fashion plates and extant examples from the period to see what I mean: www.pinterest.com/sharonlathan62
This small handbag is a shiny, almost neon-shade of green satin. There are four embroidered red roses around the outside. The interior is fully lined with the same green satin.
The reticule is round, 4.5” diameter at the base. With the drawstrings pulled tight, the depth is just under 3” so this is a very small reticule unable to hold big objects (like an anachronistic cellphone) or a large number of items.
The thin satin rope drawstrings, when pulled tight, are 17” long.