Ladies Bags and Purses

Square Draw String Purse

Square Draw String Purse

14th/16th century
Price: from 30
 

Large Square Draw String Purse

Large Square Draw String Purse

14th/16th century
Price: from 35
 

Round Draw String Purse

Round Draw String Purse

14th/17th century
Price: from 35
 

Large Round Draw String Purse

Large Round Draw String Purse

14th/17th century
Price: from 40
 

Draw string purse with side gusset

Draw string purse with side gusset

15th/16th century
Price: from 40
 

Draw string purse with two side pockets

Draw string purse with two side pockets

15th/16th century
Price: from 55
 

Pear shaped purse with two sections

Pear shaped purse with two sections

16th century
Price: from 65
 

Large purse with many pockets.

Large purse with many pockets.

16th/17th century
Price: from 95
 

Teardrop belt purse

Teardrop belt purse

17th century
Price: from 35
 

Narrow belt purse

Narrow belt purse

17th century
Price: from 35
 

  

Just like today there are distinct differences between the styles of bags worn by women and those worn by men. Ladies purses tended to be soft drawstring bags worn on a long cord. In the 14th century they are generally square and they become rounder and more elaborate in the 15th and 16th centuries. In the 17th century it becomes common to have a purse on a short belt loop although drawstring purses are still common.

All my purses are made entirely by hand using leathers that are as close to the leather available to the period craftsmen as possible and are dyed using period dyes. All the designs are based on original sources, either surviving examples found in museums or from illustrations found in paintings and prints. I have included source pictures alongside my re-productions so you can see what they are inspired by.

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