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Miser's Purse

19th Century

Miser's purse produced during the Victorian period between 1837 and 1901. This kind of purse is characterised by its narrow, tubular shape that is wider at the ends and narrower in the middle. This narrow section would have a slit for coins to be deposited in each part of the purse, with the two sides accommodating different sized coins. The rings in the middle would then be pulled down to stop the coins from escaping out the central slit. It is not known precisely why the accessory is known as a 'miser's' purse, but it is thought it may be because only a few coins can be stowed away in the small compartments.


This miser's purse is composed of navy blue crocheted material and silver beadwork, with silver sliders.

The Dick Institute
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East Ayrshire Council
Anon. (1892) The Art of Knitting. London and New York: The Butterick Publishing Co.p.145 Camerlengo, L. (2013) The Miser's Purse. New York: Cooper Hewitt

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