This small, brown velvet purse was likely used on a chatelaine to carry small items. From 1900-1920.
A chatelaine is a belt which hung off the waist, and had instruments added to it, for sewing or writing. But they also made Chatelaine purses, and your hands could be used for other purposes besides holding a purse.
It is small and the shape of a Chatelaine purse. No beads on one side. Black beads hang off the front along with a black beaded fringe which is in excellent condition.
The purse on the whole is in good condition. The taffeta silk inside the back has been torn away at the top but still resides inside the small bag. It may be missing a few beads in the front. There are circular glass beads around the strap from which the purse hangs. The handle is velvet as well and has some wear but overall very good condition on the outside.
The purse is 4 1/2" long without the beaded fringe and 5" across. The beads hanging on the bottom add another 1 1/2- 3" to the purse. I only find one bead missing on the front.
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Item ID: 12Purse530