Handbag as souvenir - Museum of Bags Amsterdam

Handbag as souvenir

with images of Fontainebleau
Who
tourists
Images
Fountainebleau
Year
1880-1890

This bag may have been bought as a souvenir from the French town of Fontainebleau, but it was produced in the small Scottish town of Mauchline (pronounced Moch-lin).

The popularity of so-called ‘Mauchline ware’ reached its peak in the 1860s. By this point, the factory was employing over four hundred people to produce the distinctive varnished wooden pieces. In an era that saw an explosion in tourism, pieces such as this handbag proved highly popular with a burgeoning middle class who were keen to see more of the world.

 

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