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Berlin Woolwork Purse, Urn Motif, 1850

Berlin Woolwork Purse, Urn Motif, 1850

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Textiles: Accessories: Pre 1900: Item # 278287

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Wonderful handmade Berlin woolwork purse, from a small, but choice collection, English, circa 1850. Berlin woolwork eclipsed sampler-making and cross stitch from the 1830’s to the 1860’s, when thousands of hand painted patterns (mass-produced in Berlin), including many for purses, were available to English women . Berlin woolwork was worked on canvas in soft German wools, using mostly tent, half-cross, cross and pile stitching. The craze for Berlin woolwork lasted until the late 1860’s, when William Morris and a more free-flowing embroidery same into fashion. This fine purse consists of a brightly colored striped “urn” pattern, with braided red ng, multi-colored twist handle, and quilted red silk lining. A collection catalog number is stitched within; a card bears the inscription: “worked for me by my Mother, MPK.” Great condition; some wear to edging and handle. Measures 7 1/2" by 6 1/2”.