Miser"s purse

Miser"s purse

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A green and white crochet miser's purse with steel beads and ring. A miser’s purse has a long tubular shape, often with tassels or fringe on the ends. The midsection has a slit in it and two moving rings. When the rings are in the center, coins or other small objects can be dropped into either end. The rings are then slid down to close each end and nothing will fall out. This made it hard to get the coins out in a hurry and so the name “miser.”
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Object Name
purse, miser
made at
United States
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
steel (overall material)
silk (overall material)
embroidery (overall production method/technique)
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Sophronia W. Barbaro
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Victorian Needlework
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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