The dress-code etiquette at the time shows a hierarchy of size, where bags of a practical dimension were relegated to the more prosaic world of shopping and sewing. Evening bags were intended as accessories more than as a practical way to transport one’s belongings. They therefore often had short handles, and were intended to be carried in the hand or at the wrist. Intended as accessories, the frames were often richly decorated with semi-precious stones, with the bags themselves made of expensive materials, such as the silk brocade in this example.
On permanent display in the Museum of Bags Amsterdam.