The French purse

Dated to 15th century

The purse is made according well preserved piece from France, published in Purses in Pieces (O.Goubitz 2009).

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

4,500.00 Kč
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