Materials: Russia leather; blue silk;
black purse silk; blue silk soutache; fine gold braid; and gold
This purse is embroidered upon Russia
leather; an oval-shaped medallion is cut out in the centre; a piece of
blue silk is gummed on under the leather so as to show within the
oval; both leather and silk are then lined with calico and stretched
upon a small embroidery frame. The front and back of the purse are
made all of one piece, the centre of which is the bottom; after the
embroidery is completed a piece of leather is added on each side to
give the necessary fullness. Four flowerets are worked over the blue
silk, with black purse silk, in raised satin stitch, with a dot in
gold thread for the centre. The stems are black and the leaflets gold.
The inner border round the oval medallion is worked in gold braid, and
the outer one in blue soutache. The network upon the leather is formed
of threads of black purse silk, fastened at every crossing with a
stitch of gold thread; the outer border round this network is formed
entirely of gold braid. On the opposite side of the purse initials may
be worked in black and gold, over the blue silk oval medallion.
The purse is lined with brown watered
silk, and mounted with a clasp of gilt steel.