So now I need to think about the body of the purse. To see if there is a limit to the materials or the colour, or the kinds of compartments.
The first of the following frames all seem to have the same style of arch.
Archivnummer: 016173; Persistent Link 016173; Bildthema: Gürteltasche; Datierung: 1400-1500; Material: Leder , Metall; Technik: Lederarbeit , Schmiedearbeit; Objektart: Gürteltasche; Standort: Kempten, Bayern, Deutschland; Institution: Diakonisches Werk und Stadtarchäologie, 16262
This purse seems to have two main compartments and the front facing one has an additional gathered pocket the full width of the bottom half (below the hinges.)
Nurnberg GNM, beuteltashe mit eisenbugel, 1501-1600
This again has a fill width pocket across the front but this looks like it has two gathered circular openings towards the middle. There are several of the button-rosette decorations on this one, on both the body of the pouches and on the end of one tie. There may have been more on other ties.
Frauentasche middle 16thC.
This one is interesting as it has that series of stitches in the flat area within the frame. It also has three circular pockets on the front. These are quite distinctive and can be seen better on a couple of loop frame purses. It also has little rosette-buttons.
Beautiful condition! With the button-rosettes and decorative stitching across the flat section within the frame.
Germanisches National Museum. 1501-1600. GNM T 4219
This purse has extra compartments on the inside but the outside has some fine line details. This kind of parallel lines are seen on both leather and textile purses.
Germanishes National Museum, 1501-1600 MNM T 2533
No external pockets, but at least two hanging compartments one rounded and with a strip to widen front to back the other flat and squared.
Lots of great images for the closing mechanism! Also two pouches on the reverse, a different shape. I suspect that the suppleness of the leather is a very important factor in these and other shaped pockets.
Goat’s leather belt pouch with iron frame and 18 pockets, some behind secret closures, France, 16th c.
“As a status symbol for an aristocratic gentleman, this buckle bag with its 18 secret compartments was worn attached to the belt.”
18 compartments! Okay so obviously i now need to find some books.
Now that I have looked at the standing frame types on to the hanging loop type frames.