"a reticule dangling from a blue girdle"
Painting of a Victorian lady with a reticule dangling from her girdle
Public DomainPainting of a Victorian lady with a reticule dangling from her girdle - Credit: Charles Henry Turner
Reticule (1800-1825)
Public DomainReticule (1800-1825) - Credit: Los Angeles Country Museum of Art

Reticules are small ladies' handbags which were popular during the late 18th and 19th century. They were usually made of net, beadwork, or brocade, and closed with a drawstring.

They were developed from the 1790's onwards when the introduction of simple empire line fashions meant that a pocket would interrupt the line of a lady's dress.

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