Dated to 15th century
The purse is made according well
preserved piece from France, published in Purses in Pieces (O.Goubitz
The pattern is partially made by
pressing (the part with the birds on the loops) and finished by hand
toolong, as it is on the original piece. The pattern of the birds and
its surroundings is finished to my idea of the original, concluded
affter observing the available photos. The lettering is finished
according to assumed text according to the summary of "Recent
acquisitions" of the MET museum, and reads as: "Amours
metient, metient ence prigon, amours metient" what should mean
"Love holds me, holds me in prison, love holds me"
Inner pouches are made according to
O.Goubitzs thesis on construction of these kind of purses. The
original piece has a division on the back part of the belt loops, as
is quite common with these pieces. This detail is quite often
repaired on the originals, and as such I decided not to copy it on
this piece due to its fragility. It is possible to make this purse as
an commision including this detail which originaly probably served
the maker to save material.
The girdle purse is made 1:1 to
original piece out of vegetable tanned beef leather combined with
chrom tanned horse leather on the outer pouchlets and linen lining.
The whole piece is hand sewn with linnen thread and leather thong.
Overall height 17cm
Overall width 19cm
Opening of the back pocket 13,5cm
Height of the back pocket 7,5cm
Opening of the front pocket 11,5cm
Height of the front pocket 8cm
Loop for the belt up to 5cm wide