Fit For A Scrooge: Miser’s Purses

As I was looking on Etsy for tatting shuttles, I stumbled upon some vintage coin purses.  They’re called miser’s purses because the opening is so small you must “pinch your pennies” to get them out of the bag.

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Made in knitting, netting, and crochet, they were often elaborately beaded, and can range in size from 4″ to 36″ long.

Here are some I found, Purse #1 and Purse #2 and Purse #3.  I like #2 and #3 best, how about you?

There certainly seems to be a lot of variety in these purses.  A search for “miser’s purse” yields quite a few pictures.

French miser's purses, early 19thC, beaded and netted. - The Book of Costume, Vol. II

I am trying to resist the urge to make a miser’s purse until I have finished some other projects.

In the news:  I received my copy of The Dressmaker’s Guide: 1840-1865 2nd Edition!  I love it!  I was looking out the window about every five minutes until it came on Saturday.


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One response to “Fit For A Scrooge: Miser’s Purses

  1. I’m having a Civil War purse knit-along sometime. I don’ t think we will be trying miser purses yet as a lot of the participants are beginners. I think many people are having an overload of projects because most people don’t want to start it until June. I’d love it if you would participate.

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