Woven basket purse with floral design from Mae's Millinery Shop
A purse with leather handles made from woven grass like a basket, with the floral pattern on the front and lid executed with green cotton embroidery floss for the leaves, and woven fiber balls for the flower buds or berries. The flat lid of the basket opens at the center front with a leather and metal tab clasp. Strips of tan leather are attached with metal grommets around the sides and bottom of the basket, corresponding in placement to the short tan leather handles.
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Created by: Unidentified
Owned by: Mae Reeves, American, 1912 - 2016
Subject of: Mae's Millinery Shop, American, 1941 - 1994
Object number: 2010.6.30
Medium: grass, cotton thread, leather, and metal
Dimensions: H x W x D: 30 x 16 x 19 in. (76.2 x 40.6 x 48.3 cm)
See more items in: National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title: Mae's Millinery Shop Collection
Credit Line: Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from Mae Reeves and her children, Donna Limerick and William Mincey, Jr.
Place collected: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Restrictions & Rights: No Known Copyright Restrictions