Beaded Folding Purse
Salem North Carolina United States of America
glass beads, sequins, metallic beads on silk
LOA 2 1/4; WOA 4
DESCRIPTION: Folding purse (envelope shaped) with glass beads, sequins, metallic beads sewn in floral designs on green silk with green, blue, white, maroon, pink, clear, and orange predominating; flap has stylized roses, stems, and leaves; back also has a stylized rose as well as leaves, and stems.
LABEL NOTES: “Beadwork was also used to create decorative and colorful accessory items, and with the 1820’s came an increasing interest in working with beads. A visitor to Salem in 1828 wrote: ‘After an early dinner visited the Academy…we examined and admired the beautiful embroidery, bead work, &c &c which was to be preserved and shown as specimens of taste and industry–with feelings (I doubt not) of pride by both parent and child…'”(Welshimer in Bivins and Welshimer, page 57-59).
Gift of the Children of Eleanor F. Willingham