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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.

Reticule, silk, cotton, metal, British

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