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Created by:
Unidentified  Search this
Owned by:
Mae Reeves, American, 1912 - 2016  Search this
Subject of:
Mae's Millinery Shop, American, 1941 - 1994  Search this
synthetic fiber, metal, and plastic
H x W x D: 12 3/4 x 8 7/8 x 2 1/4 in. (32.4 x 22.5 x 5.7 cm)
purses (bags)
Place collected:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Small brown frame bag with a plastic amber handle and a single metal clasp top closure. The oblong bag is faced in a dark brown knit and lined with brown synthetic lining material. A coin purse made from the brown lining with a top closure is attached to the interior of the bag with a metal chain. There are two (2) open pockets on one side of the interior and one (1) zippered pocket on the other side of the interior. The half-oval handle attaches to one top edge of the bag with metal decorative screws. The metal clasp closure is at the center top of the bag and is a decorative finial style. An ivory fabric designer label with gold and black embroidered text is adhered to the interior of the purse that reads: "M [gold] M [black]".
African American  Search this
Black Enterprise  Search this
Business  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Fashion  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Donna Limerick
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
Mae's Millinery Shop Collection
Power of Place
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Community/Third Floor, 3 051
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture