A sampling of bag and basket projects from the mid-19th century

PURSES
1864 Peterson’s, p375
https://books.google.com/books?id=8aBHAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA375#v=onepage&q&f=false

Ladies’ Hand Book of Fancy and Ornamental Work, pgs 28, 113, 186, and 219
https://archive.org/details/ladieshandbookof00hart/page/28/mode/1up

1861 La Mode Illustree, pgs 84, 196, and 249
https://books.google.com/books?id=gfH1SywnnREC&pg=PA84#v=onepage&q&f=false

1862 La Mode Illustree, p411
https://books.google.com/books?id=Yx0VYawuzrwC&pg=PA411#v=onepage&q&f=false

1864 La Mode Illustree, pgs 69 and 145
https://books.google.com/books?id=7zEsY52d81gC&pg=PA69#v=onepage&q&f=false

1865 La Mode Illustree, pgs 249 and 324
https://books.google.com/books?id=dswVkfsF9ggC&pg=PA249#v=onepage&q&f=false

CHATELAINE BAGS
1862 La Mode Illustree, p332
https://books.google.com/books?id=Yx0VYawuzrwC&pg=PA332#v=onepage&q&f=false

1863 La Mode Illustree, p299
https://books.google.com/books?id=-xl0bRLQtSwC&pg=PA299#v=onepage&q=aumoniere&f=false

1864 La Mode Illustree, pgs 18, 114, 227
https://books.google.com/books?id=7zEsY52d81gC&pg=PA18#v=onepage&q&f=false

1865 La Mode Illustree, p220
https://books.google.com/books?id=dswVkfsF9ggC&pg=PA220#v=onepage&q&f=false

OTHER LADIES’ BAGS
crochet silk bag over rings, 1864 Peterson’s, p380
https://books.google.com/books?id=8aBHAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA380#v=onepage&q&f=false

reticule or frame bag, Ladies’ Hand Book of Fancy and Ornamental Work, p31
https://archive.org/details/ladieshandbookof00hart/page/31/mode/1up

Berlin-work satchel, 1864 Peterson’s, p213
https://books.google.com/books?id=8aBHAAAAYAAJ&pg=RA1-PA213#v=onepage&q&f=false

crochet bag shaped like a pineapple, 1864 La Mode Illustree, p233
https://books.google.com/books?id=7zEsY52d81gC&pg=PA233#v=onepage&q&f=false

WORK BAGS
German knitting bag, Ladies’ Hand Book of Fancy and Ornamental Work, p83
https://archive.org/details/ladieshandbookof00hart/page/84/mode/1up

work-bags, 1861 La Mode Illustree, pgs 81 and 327
https://books.google.com/books?id=gfH1SywnnREC&pg=PA81#v=onepage&q&f=false

work-bags, 1862 La Mode Illustree, pgs 137, 321, 397, 410
https://books.google.com/books?id=Yx0VYawuzrwC&pg=PA137#v=onepage&q&f=false

pouch for carrying an embroidery or crochet project, 1864 La Mode Illustree, p147
https://books.google.com/books?id=7zEsY52d81gC&pg=PA147#v=onepage&q&f=false

knitting bag with needle covers, 1852 La Mode Illustree, p218
https://books.google.com/books?id=dswVkfsF9ggC&pg=PA218#v=onepage&q&f=false

chinoiserie work bag, 1865 La Mode Illustree, p340
https://books.google.com/books?id=dswVkfsF9ggC&pg=PA340#v=onepage&q&f=false

TRAVEL BAGS
Berlin-work traveling satchels, 1864 Peterson’s, p396
https://books.google.com/books?id=8aBHAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA396#v=onepage&q&f=false

Berlin-work travel bags, Ladies’ Hand Book of Fancy and Ornamental Work, by Florence Hartley, p73, 75, 76
https://archive.org/details/ladieshandbookof00hart/page/73/mode/1up

Ladies’ Traveling Bag, Ladies’ Hand Book of Fancy and Ornamental Work, p14
https://archive.org/details/ladieshandbookof00hart/page/14/mode/2up

1861 La Mode Illustree, p274
https://books.google.com/books?id=gfH1SywnnREC&pg=PA274#v=onepage&q&f=false

bonnet bag, 1864 La Mode Illustree, p404
https://books.google.com/books?id=7zEsY52d81gC&pg=PA404#v=onepage&q&f=false

1862 La Mode Illustree, p106
https://books.google.com/books?id=Yx0VYawuzrwC&pg=PA106#v=onepage&q&f=false

1864 La Mode Illustree, pgs 154, 196, and 212
https://books.google.com/books?id=7zEsY52d81gC&pg=PA154#v=onepage&q&f=false

Further Reading

A rich source of information on how bags were made and used in the mid-19th century is the genre of etiquette books, household manuals, and how-to guides. Fortunately, the era’s rising middle class meant a boom in this kind of instructional manual, with authors delving into details not thought necessary before. Below, a few excellent books with details relevant to this subject, available free on-line:

The House Book, or, A Manual of Domestic Economy
by Eliza Leslie, 1840
archive.org/details/gri_33125011887516

Housewife’s Manual, or, How to Keep House and Order a Home
by Mrs. Metta Victoria Fuller Victor, 1865
dimenovels.lib.niu.edu/islandora/object/dimenovels%3A175670

The Workwoman’s Guide
by A Lady, 1840
books.google.com/books?id=JCsBAAAAQAAJ

The Behavior Book: A Manual for Ladies
by Eliza Leslie, 1855
archive.org/details/behaviorbookama00leslgoog

Ladies’ Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness
by Florence Hartley, 1860
www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/35123

Beadle’s Dime Guide to Dress-Making and Millinery
by Mrs. Marion M. Pullan, 1860
dimenovels.lib.niu.edu/islandora/object/dimenovels%3A176559