What is This Thing? Part II

I’ve had a very long and frankly rather peculiar day but during its course I was presented with two more objects from the new boxes of Autry Family materials. Have a look:


They are 1920s vintage purses. The larger one is actually small and the smaller one is tiny, not even as big as the palm of my hand. You couldn’t put anything substantial in it. Notice it also has a ring on top, just perfect for attaching one of those little tubes. As for the tubes, I’m pretty well convinced that they are lipstick tubes. On further inspection one of them has a little bit of . . . something . . . inside it. I don’t know what hundred year old lipstick looks like but it could be that.

Bonus: I grow anxious for Christmas break.


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6 Responses to What is This Thing? Part II

  1. jkh6 says:

    Yes, I’m sure these were things that attached to a chatelaine (a woman’s belt that was worn kind of like jewelry, that held keys and all kinds of things). How fascinating!


  2. jkh6 says:

    Also, here is a link to an article about them. (I didn’t read through the whole thing, so apologies if there is anything crazy in it.) http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/the-killer-mobile-device-for-victorian-women/


  3. Cwu says:

    The larger one is a purse suitable for a woman to take to the opera,etc. I have one (long story) of 14 k gold from the 1920’s

  4. Susanne Glasscock says:

    Melissa——— I think the smaller one is what my grandmother called a ‘ring bag’ or ‘ring purse’……. a lady could have a ‘hankie’ or a few coins, the purse could hang from her finger while she sipped her tea……or danced. I have one very similar—— As for the little tubes…….???



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