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2005/210/2 Drawstring purse, silk, possibly made by Agnes Thompson, Australia / England, 1833. Click to enlarge.

Drawstring purse used by Agnes Thompson at her wedding

Made
This purse forms part of a collection of wedding attire, including shoes, dress and drawstring purses, which were worn by Agnes Thompson on her wedding to Dr George Busby, government medical officer at the Convict Hospital at Bathurst, on 11 January 1833.

At the time that Agnes Thompson married George Busby, weddings - and wedding dresses - were often quite simple with the intention that the dress and accessories would be used for 'best' for some years to come. The dress is typical of the …

Summary

Object No.

2005/210/2

Object Statement

Drawstring purse, silk, possibly made by Agnes Thompson, Australia / England, 1833

Physical Description

Cream silk purse lined in cream cotton with drawstring made from cream silk ribbon. A rectangular card covered with the same cream silk has been stitched to the centre of each side with the card surrounded by piping formed from cream silk ribbon. The card on one side is painted with a design of purple violets and on the other side with purple daisies. The purse is simply made possibly by Agnes Thompson or one of her friends or relatives.

Dimensions

Height

200 mm

Width

210 mm

Depth

25 mm

Production

Notes

The purse is simply constructed and may well have been made by Agnes Thompson or one of her relatives of friends. At the time there was a fashion for making such drawstring reticules to hold necessaries such as money, comb, handkerchief and fan.

History

Notes

The purse was passed down through the descendants of Agnes and George Busby and is said to have been used by Agnes on her wedding day, 11 January 1833.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Kirsten Halley, Catriona Clifton-Bligh and Charles Alexander, 2005

Acquisition Date

12 October 2005

Cite this Object

Harvard

Drawstring purse used by Agnes Thompson at her wedding 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 28 July 2021, <https://ma.as/342134>

Wikipedia

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