17th Century Gaming Purse

17th Century Gaming Purse

Code: B4382/C10


H: 7.5cm (3")Di: 14cm (5.5")


A stunning 17th Century (circa 1660 - 1680) Gaming Purse deemed to be either French or Italian.  This fabulous gaming purse dates from around 1660 -1680.  In the late 17th Century gaming became a popular pastime.  Gaming was gambling with cards.  It was enjoyed by both men and women.  A gaming purse was to hold coins or counters and has a flat base.  This beautiful gaming purse is green silk velvet appliqued with silver thread with fleur-de-lys, scrolling arrow head and motifs to the sides.  This design is repeated on the base around a quarterfoil.  It is lined with kidskin.

The gaming purse has some loss of velvet pile and loose threads particularly near the quarterfoil.  The drawstring appears to have been replaced at a time unknown.  It is a truly fantastic purse and similar examples can be seen in museums such as the V & A and the Met Museum for reference.