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Reticule

Date:
first quarter 19th century
Culture:
British
Medium:
silk, cotton, metal
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Designated Purchase Fund, 1982
Accession Number:
2009.300.2197
Not on view
Small mesh bags known as reticules were the must-have "it bags" of 1800-1825. Too small for carrying much more than a few coins, reticules were often shown in satirical prints as a fashionable foible of women's attire. Knit into an elegant lantern-like shape, this example survives with its original ribbon trim making it a particularly lovely and rare example of a short-lived fashion trend.
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