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Handbag Collection

"From Royalty to Rebels: The Timeless Allure of the Handbag" Nun looking at the camera: Even in simplicity, a handbag holds secrets and necessities alike

Background imageHandbag Collection: Nun looking at the camera

Nun looking at the camera, with her finger covering her lips as if in a conspiracy of silence. Date: circa 1970s

Background imageHandbag Collection: Marilyn Monroe in London July 1956

Marilyn Monroe in London July 1956

Background imageHandbag Collection: Woman police officer in new Surrey uniform

Woman police officer in new Surrey uniform
Woman police officer (Eileen Greenwood) in the new Surrey uniform introduced in 1973. The jacket was single-breasted with four buttons, and the hat was in black and white with a checked design

Background imageHandbag Collection: MARGARET THATCHER WITH HENRY KISSINGER. PICTURED IN 1975

MARGARET THATCHER WITH HENRY KISSINGER. PICTURED IN 1975

Background imageHandbag Collection: Diana, Princess of Wales in St Columb, Cornwall

Diana, Princess of Wales in St Columb, Cornwall
Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997), chatting to a member of the 650th anniversary Pageant cast during a visit to St Columb, Cornwall

Background imageHandbag Collection: Two women out walking with dogs

Two women out walking with dogs
Two women out walking with terrier dogs. Date: circa 1930s

Background imageHandbag Collection: King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit of Thailand

King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit of Thailand
An official two-day state visit to the UK by King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) (1927-) and Queen Sirikit (1932-) of Thailand - arriving at Gatwick Airport. Date: 1960

Background imageHandbag Collection: At the Royal Ascot race meeting - Sir Herbert Samuelson, the Honourable Pamela Boscawen

At the Royal Ascot race meeting - Sir Herbert Samuelson, the Honourable Pamela Boscawen and Miss Larnach - Neville. 1924

Background imageHandbag Collection: Swimsuit Fashion: Fashion show of Spirella foundation garments

Swimsuit Fashion: Fashion show of Spirella foundation garments and new made-to-measure Swimsuits, was held today at Spirella House, Oxford Circus, London

Background imageHandbag Collection: Two women police officers and woman with suitcase

Two women police officers and woman with suitcase
Two women police officers (Jean Grasy and Margaret Findlay or Knight), one of them a sergeant, talking to a young woman with a suitcase on a London street. (1 of 2) Date: circa 1960s

Background imageHandbag Collection: At the Royal Ascot race meeting - the Duke of Richmond and Gordon. 1925

At the Royal Ascot race meeting - the Duke of Richmond and Gordon. 1925

Background imageHandbag Collection: Labour Party Leader Ramsay MacDonald seen here with leading women

Labour Party Leader Ramsay MacDonald seen here with leading womens trade unionist Mary Quaile entering the TUC building in London on the eve of the general strike. 3rd May 1926

Background imageHandbag Collection: At the Ascot races - Lady Congleton and companion. 1926

At the Ascot races - Lady Congleton and companion. 1926

Background imageHandbag Collection: Dr. Mary Hobart, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Dr. Mary Hobart, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Dr. Mary Hobart, between c1910 and c1915.

Background imageHandbag Collection: Miss N. Mack, Mrs. N.E. Mack, Miss H. Mack, 1912. Creator: Bain News Service

Miss N. Mack, Mrs. N.E. Mack, Miss H. Mack, 1912. Creator: Bain News Service
Miss N. Mack, Mrs. N.E. Mack, Miss H. Mack, 1912.

Background imageHandbag Collection: Women strike pickets from Ladies Tailors, New York, 1910. Creator: Bain News Service

Women strike pickets from Ladies Tailors, New York, 1910. Creator: Bain News Service
Women strike pickets from Ladies Tailors, New York, 1910.

Background imageHandbag Collection: Portrait Of Harriet Campbell, c1815. Creator: Ammi Phillips

Portrait Of Harriet Campbell, c1815. Creator: Ammi Phillips
Portrait Of Harriet Campbell, c1815. Harriet Campbell was seven years old when this portrait was painted, though her formal costume makes her appear older.

Background imageHandbag Collection: Mrs. Seligman, Mrs. M. Schiff, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Mrs. Seligman, Mrs. M. Schiff, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Mrs. Seligman, Mrs. M. Schiff, between c1910 and c1915. Shows Mrs. Mortimer Leo Schiff (Adele Gertrude Neustadt) (1880-1932).

Background imageHandbag Collection: COSTUME: bag: handbag, 1884 (fur, metal)

COSTUME: bag: handbag, 1884 (fur, metal)
3548184 COSTUME: bag: handbag, 1884 (fur, metal); Glasgow Museums, UK; (add.info.: E.1965.14 COSTUME bag: handbag 1884 fur)

Background imageHandbag Collection: Leather handbag (b/w photo)

Leather handbag (b/w photo)
8625918 Leather handbag (b/w photo) by Henning, Paul (1898-1953); Private Collection; (add.info.: Magnified detail of a leather handbag)

Background imageHandbag Collection: Woman in fancy dress costume as an apothecary's recipe, with tall black hat, high ruff collar

Woman in fancy dress costume as an apothecary's recipe, with tall black hat, high ruff collar
FLO4684533 Woman in fancy dress costume as an apothecary's recipe, with tall black hat, high ruff collar, black and gold dress, and handbag in the shape of a syringe

Background imageHandbag Collection: Chic model in shirtwaister dress

Chic model in shirtwaister dress
Chic model with tied-back hair, a shirtwaister dress with revere collar and belt, leather gloves, handbag and multiple strings of pearls. Date: circa 1959

Background imageHandbag Collection: Model in outdoor setting with teddy bear coat

Model in outdoor setting with teddy bear coat
Glamorous model in outdoor setting with teddy bear coat with matching fur hat and fur collar. Date: circa late 1950s

Background imageHandbag Collection: Client: Woollands Brothers - black cocktail dress

Client: Woollands Brothers - black cocktail dress
Client: Woollands Brothers - Model in black cocktail dress with long black leather gloves and handbag and gentleman seated in evening dress, smoking a cigarette - September 4, 1957 Date: 1957

Background imageHandbag Collection: Client: Linzi - Pink Lace Evening Dress

Client: Linzi - Pink Lace Evening Dress - September 26, 1957. Date: 1957

Background imageHandbag Collection: Shoot for Vanity Fair - Tweed Coat and small car

Shoot for Vanity Fair - Tweed Coat and small car - July 5, 1960 Date: 1960

Background imageHandbag Collection: Mother and daughter (and teddy bear)

Mother and daughter (and teddy bear)
A Mother and daughter (who has dropped her teddy bear). Shoot for Maternity outfits Woollands on January 10, 1957 Date: 1957

Background imageHandbag Collection: Woman in fancy dress costume as a purse, les sacs, with skirt in the form of a handbag with tassles

Woman in fancy dress costume as a purse, les sacs, with skirt in the form of a handbag with tassles
FLO4684486 Woman in fancy dress costume as a purse, les sacs, with skirt in the form of a handbag with tassles. Vignette of a bag snatcher running off with a purse

Background imageHandbag Collection: Mrs. Lounsbery Perry, 1918. Creator: Bain News Service

Mrs. Lounsbery Perry, 1918. Creator: Bain News Service
Mrs. Lounsbery Perry, 1918. Mrs. Edith Lounsbery Perry, formerly the wife of stockbroker Henry Pierrepont Perry and granddaughter of attorney and rancher James Ben Ali Haggin (1822-1914)

Background imageHandbag Collection: Urban Encounters 32

Urban Encounters 32
George Digalakis

Background imageHandbag Collection: Fashion Plate (Walking Dress), 1822. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann

Fashion Plate (Walking Dress), 1822. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann
Fashion Plate (Walking Dress), 1822

Background imageHandbag Collection: Fashion Plate (Walking Dress), 1820. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann

Fashion Plate (Walking Dress), 1820. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann
Fashion Plate (Walking Dress), 1820

Background imageHandbag Collection: Fashion Plate (A Walking Dress, or Carriage Costume), 1811. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann

Fashion Plate (A Walking Dress, or Carriage Costume), 1811. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann
Fashion Plate (A Walking Dress, or Carriage Costume), 1811

Background imageHandbag Collection: Fashion Plate (Walking Dress), 1818. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann

Fashion Plate (Walking Dress), 1818. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann
Fashion Plate (Walking Dress), 1818

Background imageHandbag Collection: Fashion Plate (Walking Dress), 1818. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann

Fashion Plate (Walking Dress), 1818. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann
Fashion Plate (Walking Dress), 1818

Background imageHandbag Collection: Fashion Plate (Promenade Dress), 1816. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann

Fashion Plate (Promenade Dress), 1816. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann
Fashion Plate (Promenade Dress), 1816

Background imageHandbag Collection: Fashion Plate (Carriage Dress), 1816. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann

Fashion Plate (Carriage Dress), 1816. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann
Fashion Plate (Carriage Dress), 1816

Background imageHandbag Collection: Fashion Plate (Walking Dress), 1814. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann

Fashion Plate (Walking Dress), 1814. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann
Fashion Plate (Walking Dress), 1814

Background imageHandbag Collection: Fashion Plate (Morning Walking Dress), 1813. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann

Fashion Plate (Morning Walking Dress), 1813. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann
Fashion Plate (Morning Walking Dress), 1813

Background imageHandbag Collection: Fashion Plate (Walking Dress), 1812. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann

Fashion Plate (Walking Dress), 1812. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann
Fashion Plate (Walking Dress), 1812

Background imageHandbag Collection: Fashion Plate (Morning Dress), 1826. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann

Fashion Plate (Morning Dress), 1826. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann
Fashion Plate (Morning Dress), 1826

Background imageHandbag Collection: Fashion Plate (Dinner Dress), 1826. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann

Fashion Plate (Dinner Dress), 1826. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann
Fashion Plate (Dinner Dress), 1826

Background imageHandbag Collection: Fashion Plate (Promenade Dress), 1816. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann

Fashion Plate (Promenade Dress), 1816. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann
Fashion Plate (Promenade Dress), 1816

Background imageHandbag Collection: Fashion Plate (Walking Dress), 1814. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann

Fashion Plate (Walking Dress), 1814. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann
Fashion Plate (Walking Dress), 1814

Background imageHandbag Collection: Fashion Plate (Walking Dress), 1824. Creator: John Bell

Fashion Plate (Walking Dress), 1824. Creator: John Bell
Fashion Plate (Walking Dress), 1824

Background imageHandbag Collection: Fashion Plate (Dinner Dress), 1822. Creator: John Bell

Fashion Plate (Dinner Dress), 1822. Creator: John Bell
Fashion Plate (Dinner Dress), 1822

Background imageHandbag Collection: Fashion Plate (Walking Dress), 1820. Creator: John Bell

Fashion Plate (Walking Dress), 1820. Creator: John Bell
Fashion Plate (Walking Dress), 1820

Background imageHandbag Collection: Fashion Plate (Parisian Carriage Dress), 1819. Creator: John Bell

Fashion Plate (Parisian Carriage Dress), 1819. Creator: John Bell
Fashion Plate (Parisian Carriage Dress), 1819



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"From Royalty to Rebels: The Timeless Allure of the Handbag" Nun looking at the camera: Even in simplicity, a handbag holds secrets and necessities alike. Diana, Princess of Wales in St Columb, Cornwall: A handbag fit for a princess - elegant and practical. Woman police officer in new Surrey uniform: Equipped with authority and style, her trusty handbag by her side. Marilyn Monroe in London July 1956: A glamorous icon clutching her beloved accessory - the perfect finishing touch to any outfit. King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit of Thailand: Amidst regal splendor, their matching handbags symbolize unity and grace. At the Royal Ascot race meeting - Sir Herbert Samuelson, the Honourable Pamela Boscawen: Fashion meets tradition as they flaunt their fashionable arm candy at this prestigious event. At the Ascot races - Lady Congleton and companion (1926): In an era defined by elegance, these ladies exude sophistication with their exquisite purses on display. Labour Party Leader Ramsay MacDonald seen here with leading women's groups (1930s): Empowering women through politics while never forgetting their stylish companions – handbags that hold both ambition and essentials. At the Royal Ascot race meeting - Duke of Richmond and Gordon (1925): Men too appreciate a well-crafted bag; even nobility knows its value beyond mere fashion statement. Ignoring danger? Not without my gas mask handbag. During wartime adversity, innovation merges with necessity to create functional yet chic accessories for survival. Advert showing Vani-Tred's Carlton range of women's shoes (1943): Every woman deserves quality footwear complemented by an equally stunning purse – timeless beauty from head to toe.