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Drawstring purse used by Agnes Thompson at her wedding, Bathurst, New South Wales

Made by Thompson, Agnes in Australia, Oceania, 1833.
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.
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