Purse w/miniature portrait
Plastic, silk, metal
Overall: 2 1/2 x 3 x 3/8 in. ( 6.4 x 7.6 x 1 cm )
handwritten: inside on lining, in pencil: "on Sale / Ed"
Souvenir coin purse with engraving of Jenny Lind on one side, metal clasp fastener at the center of the top; the inside is lined with salmon colored silk and had one compartment with accordioned sides; the purse is set on a metal frame that hinges at the bottom.
Johanna Maria (Jenny) Lind (1820-1887) was born in Stockholm and as a child began studying there at the Conservatory of Music. She studied in paris with Manuel Garcia around 1840. Known as the "Swedish Nightingale," she toured Europe in the 1840s and won a popular reputation. She came to the U.S. under the management of P. T. Barnum from 1850-1852, endearing herself to the American public.
Gift of Leonidas Westervelt
The Jenny Lind Collection of Leonidas Westervelt
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