Opulent Antique Georgian Purse, French Gold Cord, Opaline Worked on Silk
Missing only a drawstring, if that's how it was originally set up for closure, this masterpiece of needlework culminates into an evening purse seemingly sewn out of pure gold. The gold foiled cording is entirely all formed and hand sewn into place in the opulent pattern you see, both front and back entirely worked in gold cording. The front has the addition of a ring of blue opaline beads forming a circle into which a lattice of gold has been worked. The blue opaline accent shows again in the 2 small tassels that are seen at the bottom of the bag. It's really quite large and would be breathtaking as an evening bag today - from a night at the Opera, to a walk on the Red Carpet at Oscars, or at home at a special wedding as the bride's something old, something blue. The cream colored or barely off-white silk satin that comprises the body of the bag is in excellent shape. It appears to have been well treasured and never used. I don't quite see how the closure or top was meant to work, since there is not a fitting for a string or cord handle, which would seem the most likely solution. Again, reason for me to think it was finished as you see it, but never used. I just can't tell you how beautiful this one is!
Very good to excellent condition throughout. Silk satin fabric of finest quality remains unstained, without deterioration of note, and the hand-sewn patterning in gold cord is so rich and opulent looking, the addition of the blue opaline glass beads is the perfect foil to it being, well, almost too opulent. Fit for a Queen, if anyone can shed more light on the bag (Lori?), email us and let me know and we'll add info.
Gender: Unisex, Age Group: Adult, Color: Various, Size: n/a