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from Gunnister, Northmavine, Shetland

Postcard of Purse.
© National Museums Scotland


This knitted woollen purse was discovered on a man's body found at Gunnister in Northmavine in Shetland in the late 17th century. When he died, the man was wearing a coat, jacket, shirt, breeches, cap and stockings.

The purse has three bands of decorative Fair Isle pattern on the main body. There are draw strings at the top and three tassels at the bottom.

Some of the possessions found with the man's body were a quill and writing board for writing and a horn, possibly for ink. He was also carrying a knitted woollen purse and a silk ribbon.

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Online ID: 000-100-001-401-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.NA 1045
Date: Late 17th century
Dimensions: 127 mm L x 21 mm W
Subject: Costume, etc. (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Shetland, Northmavine, Gunnister
Description: Knitted purse with draw strings at the top, three tassels at the bottom and three bands of Fair Isle pattern, found at Gunnister, Shetland
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