WWII era hand embroidered wedding purse with original box and hand written note.

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I’ve learnt a lot from this purse that I purchased with its original box and
the original letter from the woman who purchased it probably around WWII era.
It is really a piece of history and belongs in a museum but it’s also a
wonderful wedding heirloom that comes with its own history.
The purse is 7” wide. I will leave it to the purchaser to wash if they choose
to do so.
I have sold a few of these in the past and thought they were made of linen
flax, but in fact as the note describes it is made of pineapple fibre. Amazing.
Excellent condition. Beautifully made and hand embroidered.
I have transcribed the note that was sent with the purse when it was first

I hope you like this little pocket book. It’s hard to find anything around
here for gifts that doesn’t cost a fortune. I like it, I want one before we
leave here.
I’ll try to tell you something about it. It is hand made, embroidery and all.
The material is a local material called ‘Pina’, pronounced ‘pin-ya’ - the ya is
pronounced like you make it rhyme with Wa. The material is made from pineapple
They have other materials here that look a bit like this that are made from
coconut fibre and one that is made from rice. I’ll try to bring some of all of
it home.
P.S This pocket book can be washed. Just take the thread out around the edge,
slip the cover off and wash and iron it. It is supposed to look prettier with
every washing.”

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