cf. Wiener Werkstätte Lederobjeckte, MAK publication, 1992, p. 45, no. 76, and p. 110 no. 35.
The form of the purse was designed by Hoffmann in 1910; the decoration, pattern number 180, was created by Hoffmann in 1929.
The leatherwork and bookbinding workshops were, together with silver and metalwork, the very first to be set up, in May 1903. They were an enduring success for the WW, setting a benchmark for quality of craftsmanship and materials. The first director of the bookbinding workshop was Carl Beitel, already an experienced bookbinder when he joined the WW in 1903. In Paris, Hoffmann tracked down the highest quality processed leather "of the type that Morris also bought there...", and marvelled at Beitel's skills, which included producing marbled endpapers, tooling with gold leaf and full leather binding.
Beitel's legacy lived on in the large range of superb quality leather wallets and purses which were produced in the 1920s.