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This drawstring bag, known as a "reticule," was used as a purse. The white-on-white embroidery, known as "tambour work", is a fine example of the finer needlework done by women and older girls in the early 19th century. One would usually make and embroider an item such as a reticule for personal use or for a gift.


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creator   Prudence Wells Nims (1799-1890)
date   1815-1820
location   Shelburne, Massachusetts
process/materials   linen
item type   Personal Items/Personal Artifacts
accession #   #1990.001

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