Belt bag, British or German, c1870

Cotton velour and metal

The wide skirts of the 1860s gave way to more narrow-fitting skirts with a bustle at the back. The style was perfectly suited to the wearing of a belt, known as a Norwegian belt, from which a bag could hang. Wealthy women accessorized their belts with beautifully crafted and expensive trinkets or domestic tools. Men also wore the Norwegian belt from which would hang more typically masculine accessories.
Accession Number: SHM.2011.M.14:i-ii

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