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|I have read they were first sold as reticules
Written by Kathleen Glancy
(3/13/2011 11:05 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mrs Eltons' HAND BAG, penned by Bridget D
but some of the wits, since they were so small and impractical, dubbed them ridicules and the terms became interchangable. They were basically externalsed and decorated versions of pockets, which at the time were not sewn in to womens' clothes but were bags fastened round the waist over the undergarments and accessed by a slit sewn into the gown.
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