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This scene from the "Book of Trades" showing a bag maker's shop shows a variety of types of purses available in the 16th century. While I have not had the time to go into the matter seriously, shepherds are not the only group associated in art with particular styles of purses.
Amman, Jost & Hans Sachs (ed. by Benjamin A. Rifkin). 1973. The Book of Trades. Dover Publications, New York.