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1940s style floral linen bag


These bags are light and easy to use, simply slip the straps through one another to fasten. Can either be carried in your hand or slipped over your wrist making these bags suitable for everyday basics as well as a great addition to any special occasion outfit.

Bags measure approximately 18cm in height with a 10cm by 11cm base. The carry strap measures 16cm from the wrist down to the bag.

These bags are based on a design from 1941 and where originally developed as an attractive way for women to carry their gas mask with them at all times.

By the winter of 1939 around 40 million gas masks had been issued. Supplied in a cardboard case with a strap made from a length of string, although not compulsory, people were advised to carry them at all times.

Handbags with special compartments for a gas mask and fabric covered cardboard cases soon became available. And it wasn’t long before the fashion magazines started to run articles telling women how to make their own stylish containers. “Make your gas mask container to match dress, costume or coat” they proclaimed.

Please see description below for fabric and washing details.

1 in stock

William and Tilda

West Yorkshire
LS29 9DA

The outer fabric is a floral printed linen with a cotton lawn lining. Sandwiched between the outer fabric and the lining is a layer of heavy cotton canvas to provide structure to your bag. To care for your bag,  I recommend hand washing in cold water and lightly ironing to regain shape.

All of my bags are made from remnants left over from other projects. This ensures as little waste as possible leaves my workroom.

Shipping Countries: United Kingdom (UK)

Ready to ship in 1-3 business days from United Kingdom (UK)


Shipping Policy

Orders will be processed and dispatched within 1-3 business days.

Items will be carefully packaged to protect your purchase during shipping.

Orders will be posted using Royal Mail first class - I currently only post to addresses in the UK.

Although processing time will not vary delivery dates are dependent on the postal service and cannot be guaranteed.


Refund Policy

I hope you will be delighted with your order but if there are any problems please contact me to discuss how I may help to resolve any issues.

In the unlikely event that an item needs to be returned please contact me within 14 days and return item within 28 days of order date. Any items returned must be unworn, in re-sellable condition and in their original packaging.

Buyers will be responsible for return postage costs and it is advised that items are returned using a tracked and insured service, as refunds can only be issued once the item has been received.
Full returns/refund policy can be viewed here -