Colored metal 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
Medium
metal
Dimensions
H x W x D: 7 x 3 3/4 x 1/4 in. (17.8 x 9.5 x 0.6 cm)
H x W x D (with handle): 12 5/8 x 3 3/4 x 1/4 in. (32.1 x 9.5 x 0.6 cm)
Type
purses (bags)
Place collected
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Date
1941-1994
Description
Colored metal mesh purse from Mae's Millinery Shop. The purse is rectangular and made from interlocking metal squares that are colored on the outside. The colors are dark blue, light blue, pink and yellow, with a yellow and pink lightning bolt bisecting a blue stripe design. The top opens with a metal bar, though the pin for the hinge is missing. A short chain link handle is attached at either side of the bar. The manufacturer's name is engraved on the inside of the bar. The bag is not lined.
Topic
African American
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
2016.48.91.3
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title
Mae's Millinery Shop Collection
Classification
Clothing-Fashion
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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