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In The Shadow Of The Convents by Barbara Catanese

In The Shadow Of The Convents by Barbara Catanese

IN THE SHADOW OF THE CONVENTS  Since the Middle Ages, both convents and monasteries have been the only beacon of light all along those difficult centuries, with monks copying classical books again and again and nuns preserving the arts of embroidering and lacemaking....

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History of a Purse Maker: Schwestern Landsberger to Marketa

A few years ago I bought a micro petit point purse that has a sterling frame with marcasites and tiny pearls, and scrolled initials on the clasp.  It’s very well made.  The interior tag reads: Schwestern Landsberger Wien IX. Porzellangasee No. 43.  In the pocket is a...

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Royal Purses

Royal Purses

ROYAL PURSES Author: Barbara Catanese   Purses that belonged to particular people are always charming; as for me I have a deep penchant for history.  Therefore when, some time ago, I succeeded in acquiring this purse, I was overwhelmed by strong emotions. As you...

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A Woman Seen Through The Eye of Her Needle

A Woman Seen Through The Eye of Her Needle

A woman seen through the eye of her needle: A reflection on the importance of workbags in the past centuries Author: Barbara Catanese Rome, 18th May 2017 “A workbag seems to be such a common name for a lovely creation” and indeed the seventeenth and even more the...

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Antiques Roadshow appraises $5,000 purse

Antiques Roadshow appraises $5,000 purse

Antiques Roadshow recently featured a Walton & Company beaded purse appraised at $4,000 – $5,000. It has jade plaques and is 18K gold. This isn’t the first time the Roadshow has featured a purse. Catch up Antiques Roadshow’s purse appraisals

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Iroquois Beaded Purses

Iroquois Beaded Purses

By Richard Green, Bead Society of Great Britain
A wide range of beaded purses and other articles of beadwork were made by Iroquois peoples over several decades of the 19th century for the souvenir market in the North American Northeast. They were sold to early European and Euro-American visitors to the region at tourist venues such as Niagara Falls, Saratoga Springs, and in the vicinity of Montreal.

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