The feminine handbag has its origins in the late 18th century, when the slim silhouette of the dresses prevented women from carrying their belongings in free-standing pockets hidden under their skirts. Its first form was the reticule, a small bag barely big enough to carry some makeup and calling cards. If the uses of handbags have multiplied at the same rate as their shapes, the reticule continues to be worn as an evening accessory and it was particularly popular in the 1920s. This satin bag has very small loops and is only intended to be carried by hand. A lattice of rigid rings allows one to quickly locate the desired object. Donation from Marguerite Lecours.

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