I first saw these cute little "pin money" purses on the pages of Romantic Homes magazine several years ago! I had never actually seen one until a few weeks ago when I was browsing through our local antique mall. I thought it was so adorable with the ceramic flowers and rhinestones! Since it was only $6.99, I just couldn't pass it up! I really didn't know too much about them and so after googling, I found out they were made in the 1950's! They are still around, but mostly on ebay.
The expression "pin money" first originated in England where pins were first introduced from France by the wife of Henry the 8th! Since pins were quite pricey back then, ladies set aside some money in order to purchase them for dress-making. However, it was their husbands who gave them this special allowance!
Photo from Romantic Homes Magazine I think they make a sweet collection all displayed together!
Today the term "pin money" is money set aside for extra little luxuries and treats! I guess you could say I purchased this pin money purse with my own pin money!