During the course of the 19th century travel became more affordable and more comfortable, and the demand for souvenirs exploded. Travelers loved buying souvenir bags and coin purses with images of famous monuments, cities and other tourist attractions such as an Egyptian pyramid or the Eiffel tower. Bags and coin purses were also made to commemorate historical events. One example is a beaded coin purse showing the image of the first giraffe to arrive in France in 1827.
Crochet cotton reticule with gilded metal mount with porcelain medallions showing Parisian monuments
Cut-steel beaded purse with the scarab influence by the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb
Crocheted reticule with copper mount and porcelain miniatures showing Parisian monuments
Leather handbag with wooden cover in Mauchline ware showing buildings in French city Fontainebleau
Wooden coin purse in Mauchline ware with print of l'establissement in 'Pougues les Eaux'
Leather letter case with embossed text 'Souvenir' and inside lithographic image of a calander and city
Germany, early 19th C.
Coinpurse of tortoise-shell with painting of the 'Madeleine church' in Paris
France, mid. 19th c.
Tortoise-shell coin purse inlaid with Eiffel Tower in silver, World's Fair in Paris
Suede cloth handbag with decoration of Mount Fuji and silver cover and matching wallet