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 handbag is a brilliant red satin fabric for the exterior and string handles. The interior is lined with matching sheer red gauze. The same gauze and satin fabrics create the big roses covering all sides.
Note that this purse, unlike a true Regency reticule, has an elastic band around the opening and the handles are not drawstrings.
The purse measurements (at the base) are 6” x 4.5” with a height of 4.5” for a spacious interior. My anachronistic Samsung Galaxy cellphone fits easily inside. The handles are 5” long.