Pouch, Drawstring, c. 1200-1500

Simple drawstring pouches appear in artwork of the 12th-16th C. Visual sources indicate they were used by both men (statue of Archbishop Siegfried III von Eppstein, d. 1249, The Book of Games of Alfonso X, 1251-82) and women in the early period (funeral effigy of Berengaria of Navarre, ca. 1230, The Maciejowski Bible, 1259). Although Dietmar von Ast looks at various styles of purses and pouches in the Manesse Codex (Cod. Pal. germ. 848.64r) it is unclear whether he is shopping for himself or his female companion. By the early years of the 14th C. the drawstring pouch seems to have become a predominantly female style. This is a popular style of pouch, most often worn between the inner and outer gown. (Aristotle's Ethics -The Hague, MMW, 10 D 1, fol. 150r, 1376, Robinet Testard, late 15th C., BNF. MS Lat.873.f21).

Our pouch copies the construction of the pouch in the collection of the Museum of London. Black faux silk braid mimics the tablet woven braid of the original; the braid binds the edges of the wool pouch and extends to form an integral handle. Fine, faux silk drawcords are fitted with hand blown glass bead slides. 3 tassles provide a fine historical and decorative detail along the bottom of the bag.

Handmade of wool cloth, faux silk braids and handmade glass beads.

Size- 7" wide X 9" tall, approx.

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  • Model: SL-P02
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25lbs

This product was added to our catalog on Friday 17 October, 2008.