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  • Description

    Copper alloy purse frame with a central suspension loop for attachment to a belt. Two further loops hang from the central bar. The inner loop is pierced with stitching holes for fabric. The suspension loop is connected to a hexagonal tower, pierced with openings and topped with fleurs de lis. There are two subsidiary towers ending in little spires. The central bar of the purse has pierced decorative panels ornamented with circles and half circles. Beneath this are two further panels, detached, which would have decorated each side of the upper part of the fabric of the purse. They are pierced with designs of window tracery and a six part openwork decorative device of curved tracery openings.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1450 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 218 millimetres
    • Width: 112 millimetres
    • Depth: 15 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    John Cherry, Purse Frame, National Art Collections Fund 1998 Review, p72.

  • Bibliography

    • Marks & Williamson 2003 no.204, pg. 329 bibliographic details
    • Robinson 2008 p. 231 bibliographic details
    • Cherry 1999 pp6-7 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2013 22 Mar-22 Jun, Brugge, Bruggemuseum-Gruuthuse, Gruuthuse Manuscript
    2003-2004 9 Oct-18 Jan, London, V&A, Gothic: Art for England 1400-1547

  • Condition


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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Object refused export licence and purchased with donations from British Museum Society (10,000), NACF (4,300), Mr Sam Fogg (500) and departmental funds.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number



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