Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Old Coin Purses

This past weekend we were poking around in our favorite antique/junk place lookng for old buttons, when we came across a framed collection of old coin purses.  Down on the floor in a dark corner, I spied a large frame, about 2 inches thick, in which a dozen little purses and bags were pressed between the glass and an ancient sheet of foam rubber.  The coin purses ranged from a very fancy silky bag with embroidery on it to a rough little sack that looked like it would have been used to carry marbles to--my favorite-- a premium coin purse from the First Farmers' Bank.  Some of the purses were no more than 1 1/2 inches wide and high;  several had very clever triple clasps so that the purse could snap open on two sides.  I didn't have enough money to buy the collection, but I did have my sketchbook.  Pictured here are a few of the purses.  I plan on going back this weekend and drawing the rest!


  1. You are so clever, Gwen! What about a sketch of the beautiful old treddie you picked up at the tobacco barn. I know it will play a significant role in our Piece Work fun.