#7434 $450Needlepoint purse, 1830s
The small drawstring purse has different front and back needlepoint vignettes set in an overall flames stitch (Bargello) pattern. The top is bordered with tan silk, while the purse is lined with matching silk.
With its charming floral design, the purse is a rare vintage treasure that speaks to us across the ages. The worn condition, a testament to its daily use, adds to the appeal for the collector. The purse was obviously loved and used.
The ribbon drawstrings are original, testifying to the unaltered condition of this endearing historical artifact. It came from a prominent Vermont family in the Woodstock area.
Bargello is a type of needlepoint embroidery where upright flat stitches are laid in a mathematical pattern to create motifs. The name derives from a series of chairs found in the Bargello palace in Florence, which have the "flame stitch" pattern.
The condition is very good. The purse is all original with no structural damage, although some of the wool yarn in the needlepoint has worn off.
It measures 6" wide by 6 1/2" tall.