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
A beautiful, hand-made four-sided reticule made from blue-striped heavy satin fabric. The seams are edged with ecru lace, as is the drawstring channel at the neck. As an added touch, from the bottom dangles a gold and “diamond” adornment.
The reticule is a proper drawstring bag with a delicate blue ribbon tied in a tiny bow. The inside is fully lined in a sheer, creamy-colored gauze. (No seams or raw edges are visible).
It measures 7” from bottom to top and 12” around at the top when fully expanded. As seen from the image above, it is large enough to accommodate an anachronistic cellphone.