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Frog bags

Of the six 17th century stumpwork frog bags I know about (LACMA, Ashmolean, U. Alberta, Royal Collection, Museum of London, and one I found on a Pinterest page that seems to be in private hands), the Museum of London frog is my favourite.

museum of london stumpwork frog bag 2
This picture actually gives you the wrong idea about its size - I've seen it in person, and it's the size of my palm, about 3x3".


Apparently, frog bags were a thing in the first half of the 17th century.  I can totally understand why.

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ravena_kade
Mar. 11th, 2014 10:54 pm (UTC)
the bag is charming. What do you think they kept in them?
attack_laurel
Mar. 21st, 2014 03:09 pm (UTC)
no-one knows - I think they were probably given as gifts, with maybe some sweets or a little money inside.

...or gift cards. You never know. :)
brickhousewench
Mar. 12th, 2014 02:29 am (UTC)
OMG, that is adorable!!!

<3 <3 <3
wosny
Mar. 12th, 2014 06:54 am (UTC)
I love it! So which museum in London? I would definitely go and see it in person next time I am there.
attack_laurel
Mar. 21st, 2014 03:11 pm (UTC)
Museum of London. It's a worthwhile visit - they have most of the Cheapside Hoard, a collection of middle-class early 17th/late 16th century jewelry.
bunnyjadwiga
Mar. 12th, 2014 08:43 pm (UTC)
That moment when you realize the 1980s were invented a long time ago by people who had to do them by hand.
tudorlady
Mar. 16th, 2014 10:19 pm (UTC)
Snerf! This, this is absolutely true.
sugar_for_sugar
Mar. 14th, 2014 02:09 am (UTC)
Looks like something for which a knitting/crocheting pattern is necessary... wish I was good enough at designing to do it!
attack_laurel
Mar. 21st, 2014 03:13 pm (UTC)
Detached buttonhole, believe it or not - it's not a hard stitch, and the design can be worked flat, then stuffed. This one is delightful because the wire armature for the arms and legs goes all the way out to the paws, and the thread is worked over the wire.
NoraMunro
Mar. 24th, 2014 10:00 pm (UTC)
Holyrood Palace
(I am way behind, but ...)

There's a frog bag at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh -- possibly that one from the royal collection on the Pinterest board, though I wouldn't swear to it. I got a brief look at the wee froglet ::coughmumble:: years ago; it was in a case in a not-well-lit room at the end of the guided tour and the guide was in a rush to shove us all out the door and go on to the next group, so my memory of it is not good. Still, it was odd enough that my friend and I both remarked on it at the time.

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