Drawstring bag


Object Place: England


Overall (without tassels and cord): 9 x 9 cm (3 9/16 x 3 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen; plain weave embroidered with silk, metallic threads, wire, metal purl, spangles, glass bead; braided silk cords and tassels

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Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Small square drawstring bag. Motif of flowers with coiling gold wire stems; insect and small bird. Linen canvas ground completely covered in embroidery. Silver metallic threads make ground in slanted satin stitch. Three-dimensional flower petals and leaves of silver-wrapped color silk threads in detached buttonhole stitch. Polychrome silk embroidery in tent stitch. Also plaited braid stitch, couching, bullion knots, raised work, metal purl, flattened coiled wire.

Braided silk cords, two wood-core drawstring pulls, three tassels at bottom. Pink silk lining–missing in places. Some metal wires loose.


Elizabeth Day McCormick collection; Gift to the MFA, October 14, 1943

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection