A small, netted handbag brought into the English fashion scene by the French.
It was usually found in a circular or lozenge shape and made of fine material,
like velvet, silk, satin, or strings of colored beads. These small bags were particularly
useful to the ladies of the time, since empire-style gowns did not have pockets
for handkerchiefs, scent-bottles, or other small items. (Cunnington,
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