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Catalog Number 2006.216.002
Description Doll bag, c. 1937. Small bag made of maroon fabric with alternating vertical stripes of white dots and blue and white flowers with leaves. Bag is hemmed at the top with light-colored thread and has a handle made of the same fabric.
Object Name Accessory, Doll
Collection 3D - Toys
Title Doll bag, c. 1937
Date c. 1937
Creator Unknown
Role Fiber Artist
Inscription Text none
Provenance
Notes "...Handbags have been essential to fashion history ever since people have had something precious to carry around with them and only the items have changed over time. The very first mention in written literature comes from the 14th century, even though Egyptian hieroglyphs show pouches carried around the waist. Bags were attached to what were called "girdles" which were fastened to the waist. Embroidery and jewels adorned these articles and were used to show status - the richer the person, the more elaborate the bag.

In the 16th century, handbags took on more of an air of practicality with the use of everyday materials such as leather with a drawstring fastener on top. During this period, cloth bags were used that were made larger and used by travelers and carried diagonally across the body. The 17th century saw more variety and both fashionable men and women carried small purses with more complex shapes. Young girls were taught embroidery as a very necessary skill to make them marriagable and we see the rise of beautiful and unique stitched artwork in handbags.

Neo-classical clothing became popular in the 18th century with a reduction in the amount of underclothing worn by women. Wearing a purse would ruin the look of this clothing so fashionable ladies started carrying their handbags which were called reticules. Women had a different bag for every occasion and every fashion magazine had arguments on the proper carrying of these purses. In reticules one would find rouge, face powder, a fan, a scent bottle, visiting cards, a card case, and smelling salts.

The term "handbag" first came into use in the early 1900's and generally referred to hand-held luggage bags usually carried by men. These were an inspiration for new bags that became popularized for women, including handbags with complicated fasteners, internal compartments, and locks. With this new fashion, jewelers got into the act with special compartments for opera glasses, cosmetics, and fans." [https://henriettashandbags.com/index.php?main_page=page&id=4 3/8/2017]
Dimensions H-19.5 W-10.125 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms Accessories
Bags
Doll
Dolls
Household Goods
Toy
Subjects Bags
Dolls
Toys