THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF FLATBUSH
by Gertrude Lefferts Vanderbilt
A work-bag, or reticule, carried on the arm, was at one time fashionable;
the article itself seems to be revived at this present time, but it is now
most frequently worn appended to the waist, upon the belt.
Bead-bags were made of canvas entrely beaded over in designs of flowers,
etc.; others were of velvet, silk or of cloth to match the rest of the dress.
These bags were used for the pocket-handkerchief, instead of a pocket in
the dress; perhaps they also held the snuff-box when that habit was indulged in.
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