A popular fashion accessory from the late 1700s until the early 1900s, miser’s purses are an ingenious answer to the necessity of keeping coins in place. In order to insert or remove coins from a miser’s purse, the metal rings must first be slipped out of the way like this.
As these bags were used by ladies, embellishments prevail. Steel beads, color work, and elaborate tassels make these tiny coin purses works of art in their own right.
Miser’s purses were most commonly made via crochet and knitting. (There are currently some patterns on Ravelry. Just search “miser’s purses” in the patterns.)
If you’d like to take the plunge and make a miser’s purse of your own, here are some patterns for you:
More Pictures & Information:
Highly In-Depth Treatise The Ubiquitous Miser’s Purse (.pdf, 137 pages)