The Purse Museum

The Purse Museum

The Museum is housed in one of Katoomba's historic sandstone residences. Situated half a kilometre from Echo Point, The Three Sisters and The Scenic Railway, the Museum is on all mountain scenic bus routes.

Address: 
277 Katoomba Street, Katoomba, NSW
Tel: 
0247827588
Hours: 
Thursday - Sunday, Public & School Holidays (except Tuesday) 10:00am - 4:00pm.
Admission: 
Adult $6.00, Child $2.50 (10-14yrs), Concession $5.00, Students $4.40
Collection: 
The Museum's collection of purses and handbags dates from 1650 to the late 1900s and shows examples of fashion excesses and trends. There are over 400 items in the collection demonstrating many craft techniques such as beadwork, crochet and embroidery.
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Items

Telephone Handbag

1970's Kitsch Handbag

1970's Kitsch Handbag
Creator:
made in China for the American market
Description:
White mock crocodile skin patterned vinyl shoulder bag with telephone dial and push button numbers on the front flap. Hand receiver attached with 'Velcro' as bag handle. The telephone bag can be plugged into a land line and used as a conventional telephone.
Date:
c1970
Item Id Number:
400

United States of America, China

Armadillo's Body Purse

Animal Skin Purse

Animal Skin Purse
Creator:
unknown
Description:
Small armadillo's body used as a purse. Includes paws and the head of the animal. Closes with metal turn buckle.
Date:
c1950
Item Id Number:
2

Texas, United States of America

17th Century Man's Purse

Man's Leather Purse

Man's Leather Purse
Creator:
unknown
Description:
Man's leather envelope style purse on a belt threaded through a placket on the back of the purse. Iron tooled edges to purse corners. It has an iron clasp which is incomplete. Reputed to be a Spanish merchant's purse.
Date:
c1650
Item Id Number:
235

Europe, Spain