About this object
Late Medieval; 14th-15th century
Purse frame (London Museum Type B4), incomplete. The pendent frames are missing. The bar is slender, spherical in section, tapering towards centre. It has flat disc terminals and no central boss. The metal frame is usually the only surviving part of a medieval purse. The leather or textile purse itself has usually disappeared, but monumental brasses and manuscript illustrations show how the parts fitted together and were attached to the owner's belt.
L 47 mm; W 19 mm
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