This beautiful little Native American velvet beaded purse with a flap on each side is typical of the stylized bags made between 1840 - 1910.
It was purchased mid 2012 for the Purse Museum from *David Vickers. It belonged to his wife: Katheryn, whose family tree can be traced Nathaniel Foote an original Massachusetts colonist. The family lineage includes historical American figures such as John Proctor (the last 'witch' to hang in the Salem Witch Trials), and Solomon Foote, who was a member of Lincoln's cabinet.
Katheryn Collier Vickers grew up in Port Henry, New York on the shores of Lake Champlain. She inherited it from her mother: Ruth Richardson Collier, also from Port Henry, who received it from her mother Edith Foote Richardson born 1894, and who also lived in Port Henry.
* David Vickers provided the historical information and linage
Please zoom in to see the wonderful beading detail and decorative sequins. This Purse has a flap on both the front and back, but only the front has the inner slit. The largest opening is from the top which has no closure.