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  • Production date:

    Late Medieval-Tudor; late 15th-early 16th century

  • Location:

    In Store

  • Towards the end of the 1400s it became fashionable for rich men to wear large purses hanging from their belts. They were made of velvet or other expensive fabric fitted to fancy metal frames. This purse frame is inscribed with Christian prayers to protect the purse and its contents from loss or theft. The upper bar reads in Latin (wrongly spelt) 'AVE MARIA GACIE PLE', continuing on the back 'A DOMINV TECVM' - 'Hail Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with you'. The hinged frames are marked 'DEO HONOR ET [GLO]RIA' and 'LAVS TIBI SOLI' - 'Honour and glory to God' and 'Praise to you alone'.  < ...Read more

  • Measurements

    H 155 mm; W 198 mm (overall)

  • Materials

    copper alloy; brass

  • Last Updated





    permanent collection


    digital image copyright Museum of London

  • Related place

    City of London (found)


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