A purse hook (also known as a handbag hook or handbag hanger is a type of hook meant to temporarily secure a purse or handbag to a table, sink or armrest. Such hooks have been available since the 1920s. Queen Elizabeth II is said to employ an S-shaped one to hang her handbags on.
Reasons for use
The practical uses are numerous; hanging a purse, bag, groceries, umbrella or any item that can be hung and needs to be kept close, for convenient access or to discourage theft.
There are at least five types of purse hooks available. The order is based on patent file dates.
- The original L style type with a circular pad and a rigid bent wire.
- The link type with circular pad and a set links that either wrap around the pad or make a "hook"
- A spring closing bracelet type
- A twisting ring type
- An S-shaped purse hanger
- A purpose built "Loo Hook" specifically designed for use in restroom stalls.
Gallery of purse hook types
- Voelpel, Dan (September 5, 2008). "Germophobe develops hanger for purses". THE NEWS TRIBUNE. Retrieved 2008-11-21.
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