Trafalgar Township Historical Society Digital Collections
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
Copyright Statement
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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".