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Ribbon Taffeta Reticule drawstring bag, 19th Century Victorian purse, Evening, Civil War, Edwardian, Regency, Mourning

Ribbon Taffeta Reticule drawstring bag, 19th Century Victorian purse, Evening, Civil War, Edwardian, Regency, Mourning

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  This pretty drawstring reticule could be the perfect finishing touch to your period or mourning attire.   Our pouch style reticule is made of black taffeta. It is lined with black cotton and has a pocket which is sized to slip your credit card or drivers license into. The purse closes using a black satin drawstring, which slides through the casing well and is much easier on the hands than ribbon or other types of cording. It features a ruffled header at the top which helps to prevent items from slipping out. This reticule is embellished with raised ribbon motifs and (optional) black glass beading on the front side and the raised motifs on the back. It is finished with a black tassel. It measures 10 inches, top to bottom and 7 inches, through the widest part with an opening large enough to slip your hand into comfortably. It is shown with a phone to give you an idea of the size. This phone is not included in the listing. The beading shown is optional.

A reticule, also known as a ridicule or indispensable, was a type of small handbag or pouch, similar to a modern evening bag, used mainly from 1795 to 1920’s when the modern “purse” became popular. Originally they were used to contain small personal items and a few coins that the wearer might need as the garments of the Era did not contain pockets.

These reticules are perfect for all Eras from the Regency and Edwardian through the Civil War, across the frontier and into the early 1900’s. Many make a wonderful accessory to go with modern attire. And of course there is always the Christmas Fairs, Steam Punk, SASS and other costume events. For living history these bags are a great way for storing and carrying items that you want hidden from public view. Our reticules are designed from originals. Many examples of different styles are found all over the internet. It is truly a matter of personal preference as to the design and style that you choose.

This drawstring bag is appropriate for Civil War reenactments as well as 1800’s events such as Dickens, Christmas Fairs or wagon train (Prairie). It would also be a good item for workers or volunteers at historical sites.

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