Mable Ringling’s Purse

By the time I met Mable Ringling’s purse, I had already decided I liked her.

  Mable Ringling's purse

Last week I had the pleasure of touring John and Mable Ringling’s winter home Ca’ d’Zan in Sarasota, Florida. The house is quite fabulous and I gathered from the guided tour that Mable must have been as well.

Mable’s purse was hanging from a screen in one of the guest rooms of the house. We were not allowed to touch anything, but oh, how I wanted to look inside Mable’s purse. I wanted to hold it in my hands and feel the fabric, texture and weight. I loved the bejeweled strap and purse frame.

The mansion was meticulously restored and opened for tours a few years ago. Where possible, some of Mable’s possessions had been displayed throughout the house as they would have been when Mable lived there. Framed photos were placed here and there showing parts of the house when Mable and John lived there.

Here are a few pictures of Ca’ d’Zan.

 Ca' d'Zan front view

Ca' d'Zan back view

You can take a virtual tour of Ca’ d’Zan online here:  Once there, click on the ‘Virtual Tour’ box toward the upper right part of the screen.


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3 Responses to “Mable Ringling’s Purse”

  1. Carolyn H. — November 21, 2006 @ 6:44 pm

    Wow Joan, that is a gorgeous bag. I bet your palms were itching to look inside that wonderful bag. The findings and strap are beautiful. The toile is great.

  2. Lisa Gill — March 27, 2007 @ 5:05 am

    Do you have a Lazy pattern to make such a purse?
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    Hi Lisa,
    We do not offer a pattern for this purse.

  3. maria elena — March 16, 2008 @ 9:17 am

    Now I need to see the Ringling house, has lived in FL for 28 years and have not gone. The purse is fanrtastic.