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Object ID # 1962.030.001
Object Name Purse
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Date 1910s
Year Range from 1900
Year Range to 1920
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description Fringed, beaded mesh lady's purse with push-knob jaw-style closure. Gold and silver beads are worked into the pattern. There is a chain carrying handle. The fringe is made with loops of beads.
Provenance The previous owner, Melba Croft (neé Morris, b. 1909-d. 2007), was a young girl in Owen Sound, Ontario around the time of the First World War. This purse likely belonged to her mother, Bertha Morris (neé Shaver), Rev. John C. Morris's wife. The Morris family later moved away from Owen Sound, but Melba and her brother, Dr. Morris, later returned to the area. Melba became a registered nurse and a local historian. She wrote a number of books concerning the history of the Owen Sound, Ontario area.
Collection Personal Gear
Material Metal/Bead, Glass
Dimensions W-10.5 L-17.6 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Croft, Melba