Abigail Adams dimity pocket discovery

Abigail Adams dimity pocket discovery

Few of us enjoy a close relationship with history. For most of us, we are a few degrees of separation closer to Kevin Bacon than the country's founding fathers. But for two APCS members an auction would lead to one of those great chance encounters with history. This...
Abolitionist movement purses

Abolitionist movement purses

Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening. -- Coco Chanel As costume and textile historians are found of remarking, fashion does not exist in a vacuum. Clothing and accessories are influenced by all manner...
Purse Tales: Kate Harris Puritan Maid

Purse Tales: Kate Harris Puritan Maid

This purse tale illustrates how knowledge of jewelry can help you find and identify purses. Plus, who doesn’t love looking at beautiful jewelry, right? Our story begins on Ebay. I spotted this purse on a listing. It was labeled a “Very Old Sterling Silver English...
Purse Tales: The Velvet Owl

Purse Tales: The Velvet Owl

I’ll let you in on a secret – I’m a sucker for animal purses. Whether it's wicker dogs, beaded cats or celluloid animals, I love them all. So when I spotted this velvet owl purse on Etsy I knew it was destined to be mine. And that’s where this Purse Tale begins. I...