Monday, 12 August 2013

Romantic Henry

Purse; crimson velvet; in the shape of a powder flask, with stiffened centre padded with horsehair; a drawstring pouch on each side and silver braid round edge.
This red velvet purse was given by Henry VIII to "Anne Bullyne". The purse is in the shape of a flask but its exact purpose is unknown. Its centre has been stiffened with horsehair.
Silver braiding adorns the edge of the purse and it is opened by a drawstring pouch. Perhaps it was used for coins?

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