THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF FLATBUSH by Gertrude Lefferts Vanderbilt 1887 WORK-BAGS
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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