The wallet started from a carry-on bag, and then became an invisible bag, then a pocket, and finally a handbag. As a rough summary, the history of this ‘bag’ helps us understand that the accessory, called bag, takes into account both size and safety, practicality and decorativeity, and the overall harmony and aesthetic importance of fashion.
There was nothing in the pockets of men in the early 20th century except a few coins. Of course, this may vary slightly depending on the society in which the man lived. Urban dwellers, for example, may have carried sweet-smelling herbs to get rid of the bad smell, but farmers would have carried seeds or food. In the late Middle Ages, however, both men and women carried very large, decorative "pockets." This is the prototype of today's wallet or handbag.
By the 17th century, women were carrying pockets in skirts, and soon after, men's clothing began to have pockets, too. Then, when the pouch became a "purse," it was considered an accessory for women. Especially in the early 19th century, "Empire" style gowns that emphasize natural feminine beauty were popular. Since then, the wallet has been out of the costume and has definitely become an accessory.
These kinds of purses vary depending on where and how they are carried. Some of the most popular forms are the net shaped wallet called "reticules" and the "chatelaines," an ornamental belt that carries keys, watches and purses. The wallet was also made very decorative because it was always exposed outside. It was during this time that the first appearance of a wallet or a purse made using a chain of beads was made as the industry developed.
In the early 20th century, wallets grew bigger and used more. Not only did he play the role of a pocket, but also a small mirror or a pocket of glasses. To meet such diverse uses, the wallet had to be made of a variety of leather and leather-like materials rather than silk or velvet with delicate embroidery. Of course, the period setting of the war situation and the development of leather processing techniques influenced the materials of women's wallets and handbags. However, the purpose of women carrying wallets or handbags remained steadfast. In other words, women do not rely on the men they accompany, but carry what they need on their own.