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Object Number: 
ca. 1813
Leather, wood, metal
Overall: 11 1/4 x 13 1/8 x 2 1/2 in. ( 28.6 x 33.3 x 6.4 cm )
handwritten: inside under flap: "Mrs. Cha's. Pindarl / December 1813."
Red leather purse with flap at the top with a metal clasp closure at the center, it has a boxed bottom which houses a wooden compartmentalized writing tray which locks with a skeleton key, the inside at one time had two compartments with accordioned sides.
Gallery Label: 
This purse with writing case was owned by Susannah Shannon (1791-1822), the daughter of John and Martha (Reed) Shannon of New York. In 1809 she married Charles Pindar, an Irish-Russian consul to the U.S. stationed in New Orleans. They went into the grocery business when they lived in New York on Warren Street. In 1819 they moved to Greenburgh, next door to Washington Irving.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group