Rhinestone Mesh Clutch

Object Details

Date
20th century
Medium
rhinestones, cotton mesh, silk, metal zipper with beaded metal chain
Dimensions
4 × 6 7/16 × 5/8 in. (10.1 × 16.3 × 1.6 cm)
Caption
This clutch sparkles with rhinestones secured almost invisibly by cotton mesh. A loop of shiny silver-colored beads guides the metal zipper across the purse’s top. The clutch is rounded on each side and scalloped at the bottom. Silk lines the clutch’s interior. The purse was made in Czechoslovakia, known for rhinestones and glassware. It belonged to renowned scholar-librarian Dorothy Porter Wesley (1905-1995), who organized and developed an unparalleled collection rooted in African American history that would become the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University in Washington, DC. Perhaps she acquired the clutch on her extensive travels to research and gather materials related to African American history, including to Europe.
Accession Number
1997.0020.0005
Type
purse
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Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source
Anacostia Community Museum
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl820149940-049f-4813-b866-22a9f64ec34e
Record ID
acm_1997.0020.0005
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