Papier-mâché, made of pulped paper and glue, proved an affordable and versatile material that could be moulded into any shape. Surviving bags vary in appearance- some leave the paper on display, whilst others, such as this example, are covered with silk. This bag has been moulded into the shape of a Classical urn. Whilst there is little in the way of written accounts, the style for bags with a rigid form can be traced through fashion plates.
On permanent display in the Museum of Bags.