Bags man consisting only of original research should be removed. The term “purse” originally referred to a small bag for holding coins. In British English, it is still used to refer a small coin bag. A “handbag” is a larger accessory that holds objects beyond currency, such as personal items.
American English typically uses the terms purse and handbag interchangeably. The term handbag began appearing in the early 1900s. Initially, it was most often used to refer men’s hand-luggage. Women’s bags grew larger and more complex during this period, and the term was attached to the accessory.
The verb’s more general meaning of “treating ruthlessly” came to symbolise Thatcher’s whole style of government. Early modern Europeans wore purses for one sole purpose: to carry coins. By the late 18th century, fashions in Europe were moving towards a slender shape for these accessories, inspired by the silhouettes of Ancient Greece and Rome. Reticules were made of fine fabrics like silk and velvet, carried with wrist straps. First becoming popular in France, they crossed over into Britain, where they became known as “indispensables.
Men, however, did not adopt the trend. They used purses and pockets, which became popular in men’s trousers. Cave did continue to sell and advertise the handbags, but many critics said that women did not need them and that bags of such size and heavy material would ‘break the backs of ladies. Cave ceased to promote the bags after 1865, concentrating on trunks instead, although they continued to make the odd handbag for royalty, celebrities or to celebrate special occasions, the Queen’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee being the most recent. Cave resumed handbag production in 2010. Some women crocheted their own small handbags from commercial patterns during this period.