Gold mesh handbag from Mae's Millinery Shop

Manufactured by
Whiting and Davis Co., American, founded 1876
Owned by
Reeves, Mae, American, 1912 - 2016
Subject of
Mae's Millinery Shop, American, 1941 - 1994
Date
1941-1994
Medium
metal and synthetic fiber
Dimensions
H x W x D: 5 5/16 x 8 3/4 x 1 in. (13.5 x 22.2 x 2.5 cm)
H x W x D (with handle): 10 x 8 3/4 x 1 in. (25.4 x 22.2 x 2.5 cm)
Description
Gold mesh purse from Mae's Millinery shop. The purse is made from interlocked pieces of flat metal squares set on point. It closes at the center top with a hinged metal bar. There is a short chain link handle attached to either top side of the bar. The interior is lined with gold synthetic fabric. There are three (3) interior open top pockets. A manufacturer's label is sewn to the side of one pocket seam.
Place collected
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Collection title
Mae's Millinery Shop Collection
Classification
Clothing-Fashion
Type
purses (bags)
Topic
Business
Clothing and dress
Fashion
Women
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Donna Limerick
Object number
2016.48.91.2
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
GUID
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