Darby Street in Newcastle is a street of little shops,
Lots of window-shopping and little starts and stops.
And it was there I spied this bag, a lovely ruby red,
And suddenly 'It's a reticule' popped into my head.
'Reticule' is not a word I'd used a lot before
And so I quickly 'Googled' it, and learned a great deal more.
When women's clothes were voluminous, they made great use of pockets
To carry little bits and bobs, such as handkerchiefs and lockets.
They'd sew the pockets in their skirts and safely tuck away
Quite a multitude of things that came to hand each day.
The Directoire period came along and dresses were more fitting,
Pockets would have bulged a lot, especially when sitting.
So ladies carried reticules to store the things they needed.
Often these were decorated, finely stitched and beaded.
Bags had been used before, for tools, but now they were high fashion,
And ladies showed them to their friends with lots of pride and passion.
Think of the handbags of today! Watch how your girlfriends drool!
So there, my friends, is the history of my
A handbag in jeopardy here: