A fine, mid-17th century drawstring purse
Worked in gold and silver metal thread and fresh coloured silks. Worked on one side with a crowned monogram 'CMC' and on the other with deer in a hilly landscape amidst trees and flowers and on another with blackberries and on another with a vase of flowers. Fastening with a drawstring and embellished with silver-gilt tassels and silk ribbons. Rose silk lining. Conservation to degraded silk and cleaned. Probably French second quarter of the 17th century.
With this purse there is a note stating that it is reputed to have belonged to Prince Charles Edward's (Bonnie Prince Charlie's) mother.. This would tie in with the monogram (her name was Maria Casimire Clementina Sobieska) who lived between 1702 and 1735. The style of the purse would seem to indicate that it is of an earlier date.
G Saville Seligman and Talbot Hughes illustrate a similar purse on plate XII of Domestic Needlework, Country Life 1926, which is dated 1640-80.
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