Drawstring style purses, known as a “reticule” during the Regency Era, were the most common type of ladies handbag. However, as fashion plates and numerous extant examples reveal, handbags with metal clasps and assorted hard bottom or side construction were not unusual. Visit my Pinterest site for extant examples as well as hundreds of fashion plates: www.pinterest.com/sharonlathan62
I discovered this beautiful vintage purse in a local consignment shop and could not resist grabbing it!
Covered in a shiny satin of silvery-gray inside and out, this purse measures 7.5” long, 4.5” high, and 2.5” wide. The front flap is beautifully embroidered with a flower design accented with glittery beads. As seen in the photos, not a single thread is loose or bead missing. The entire purse is intact without any fabric snags or stains.
I have added a narrow strip of glittery silver ribbon around the edges for a bit of finishing bling.