Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • United States
  • purse, 1890s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • cotton, steel beads
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.1268

Circular purse covered with cut steel beads. Decorative clasp (metal hinge opening) with a tin leaf pattern is along the rim at the top and connects to a chain with two metal loops. The chain is attached to a larger look at the top and connected to a piece of metal with scalloped edges and a raised leaf form. The purse has a spiral motif in the center and beaded fringe along the bottom rim.