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Mother-of-Pearl and Silk Change Purse


Description
Mystery Question:
What does "Soubenie" mean?
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Item Type:
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Description:
A change purse, lined with silk, containing 3 compartments. The outer shell is mother-of-pearl with brass edging and clasp. It looks like a real oyster shell. Affixed to the top is a plate with the word "Soubenie" inscribed. Could this be a form of "souvenir"? If it is two words, (although it doesn't seem to be), it might be "Sou benie", translated from the French language as "often blessed".

Notes:
Date unknown. This lovely purse was the property of the John D. Smith family, near Palermo. The family lived on the farm at Lot 34, Con. 1, SDS from 1831 to 1977, although they had owned the land prior to 1831.
Inscriptions:
Soubenie
Subject(s):
Local identifier:
TTLVP000290
Collection:
Trafalgar Township Historical Society
Language of Item:
French
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.43341 Longitude: -79.78293
Recommended Citation:
Mother-of-Pearl and Silk Change Purse
Contact
Trafalgar Township Historical Society
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Trafalgar Township Historical Society Sponsor: Jeff Knoll, Local & Regional Councillor for Oakville Ward 5 – Town of Oakville/Regional Municipality of Halton
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Mother-of-Pearl and Silk Change Purse


A change purse, lined with silk, containing 3 compartments. The outer shell is mother-of-pearl with brass edging and clasp. It looks like a real oyster shell. Affixed to the top is a plate with the word "Soubenie" inscribed. Could this be a form of "souvenir"? If it is two words, (although it doesn't seem to be), it might be "Sou benie", translated from the French language as "often blessed".