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Colored metal mesh handbag from Mae's Millinery Shop

Catalog Data

Manufactured by:
Whiting and Davis Co., American, founded 1876  Search this
Owned by:
Mae Reeves, American, 1912 - 2016  Search this
Subject of:
Mae's Millinery Shop, American, 1941 - 1994  Search this
H x W x D: 7 x 3 3/4 x 1/4 in. (17.8 x 9.5 x 0.6 cm)
H x W x D (with handle): 12 5/8 x 3 3/4 x 1/4 in. (32.1 x 9.5 x 0.6 cm)
purses (bags)
Place collected:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Colored metal mesh purse from Mae's Millinery Shop. The purse is rectangular and made from interlocking metal squares that are colored on the outside. The colors are dark blue, light blue, pink and yellow, with a yellow and pink lightning bolt bisecting a blue stripe design. The top opens with a metal bar, though the pin for the hinge is missing. A short chain link handle is attached at either side of the bar. The manufacturer's name is engraved on the inside of the bar. The bag is not lined.
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
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Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Collection title:
Mae's Millinery Shop Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture