Bag

French, used in America
mid 19th century


Place of Manufacture: France; Place of Use: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

38 x 18.7 x 3.5 cm (14 15/16 x 7 3/8 x 1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

51.348

Medium or Technique

Tortoise shell, mother of pearl, leather, silk braided cord, silk plain weave lining, metal (probably steel) clasp and inlay

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Circular tortoise shell bag; central circle with radiating wedge-shaped pieces on front and back, which are inlaid with mother-of-pearl floral motifs and separated by narrow steel strips; red leather flap, borders, and sides in accordion folds, with stamped gold leaf and scroll motifs; steel clasp; handle made from four gold-colored cords tied at top; light purple lining

Provenance

Inherited by Misses Aimee and Rosamund Lamb; Gift to the MFA, 1951

Credit Line

Gift in memory of Mrs. Horatio Appleton Lamb