Mudcat Café message #4080414 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #94873   Message #4080414
Posted By: GUEST
20-Nov-20 - 10:02 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Diamond Joe--'diamond studded jaw?'
Subject: RE: Origins: Diamond Joe--'diamond studded jaw?'
A "Jaw" is a coin purse, or small purse with a rigid jaw opening mechanism akin to a woman's purse . In the era before wallets, a cow puncher would carry his cash in his jaw and the jaw in his coat or vest pocket, not in a hip pocket. A rounder like Diamond Joe would obviously have a diamond studded jaw. Google "antique jaw coin purse" for images.