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Purse Frames - TwoPurseFrames Purse Frames - TwoPurseFramesWithScale

Purse Frames late 15th - early 16th c.

Copper alloy. These appear to be examples of the general Type "B" frame. There is no aparent provision for pendant loops. These seem to be from the later part of the period where these were common. The one on the right with IHS on the center of the bar. Left missing one of the writhen ball terminals. This one is longer, and resembles one identified as a type "A." Metal purse bars and frames are discussed on pages 162 through 171 of the "London Museum Medieval Catalogue 1940" where they are divided into three general types - A, B and C. Type A is characterized by a wide horizontal bar with provision for suspension of the purse through holes. Type B has a short horizontal bar and type C includes integral frames for the throat and lid of the purse.




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