Glass, metal, linen, chamois
Overall: 3 7/8 x 3 1/8 x 1/4 in. ( 9.8 x 7.9 x 0.6 cm )
Multi-colored glass and metal beaded purse (coin purse) with slightly curved metal snap fastener, curved edges at the bottom, monogram at top, floral design in center bordered on top with one row of diamonds and below with several rows of same, snap fastener has studded pattern across it. Made for John James Audubon by his wife.
Gift of Mrs. Edmundo Lassalle
Inscribed at upper center in beading: "J J A"; on reverse at upper center in beading: "1833"
Lucy Audubon was married to naturalist-artist John James Audubon. She made this purse for him to use to carry tips for footmen, doorman, etc. when entertained by nobility abroad.
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