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The Miser's Purse: Demo by Laura Camerlengo


What is a miser's purse and how does it work? Watch this short video to see Laura Camerlengo, author of the DesignFile e-book "The Miser's Purse," demonstrate how to use this nineteenth-century costume accessory. Interested? Check out "The Miser's Purse," an e-book by Laura Camerlengo now available in iTunes, Amazon, and most places e-books are sold. "The Miser's Purse" is part of DesignFile, a new ebook series published by Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.
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One for the Money


Has Tax Day left you pinching your pennies? Then you may appreciate the secure storage offered by miser’s purses. These oblong purses often have small center slit openings with sliding rings to secure coins in the purses’ ends (though sometimes clasps are used). Although these purses have existed in various forms since the seventeenth-century, they developed the shape seen here in the early nineteenth century.
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Folding Fans from the Cooper-Hewitt Collection


Fans and related design spanning the 17th through the 20th centuries are on display. There are fans with painted leaves, fans with printed leaves, and brisé fans, which have no leaves at all. A range of influences, from gothic revival to art nouveau and beyond, are reflected in fans designed for everyday use as well those reserved for special occasions, such as for weddings or mourning, and even those prodiced as souvenirs and advertising.
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