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Found this http://hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/content/bags-and-purses-collection from the Hampshire Cultural Trust on the history of handbags and purses. They say In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, when the silhouette of female dress was so figure hugging with the Neo Classical Empire and Regency line, pockets in a garment or beneath it were almost impossible, and would certainly have spoilt the hang of the skirt, so ladies carried delicate little drawstring bags or purses called reticules, or ‘ridicules’. These could carry a handkerchief, fan and dance card, a scent bottle, some face powder and rouge, but nothing too weighty.