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 reticule with a red satin lining covered with sheer white gauze. (No seams or raw edges are visible). The shape is triangular with two sides, each embellished with embroidered white roses accented with pearl beads.
The reticule is a proper drawstring bag with a thin, silver edged satin ribbon secured at the ends with a silver tassel. The ribbon handles are threaded through a sheer red ribbon channel.
This reticule measures 8.5” from bottom to top and 11” around at the top when fully expanded. As seen from the image above, it is large enough to accommodate an anachronistic cellphone.