This is one of the largest and ornate antique hand crocheted purses I have seen. The color of this purse is a cross between cream & ecru.
As you can see, the front features three large raised crocheted flowers, with two crochet tassels hanging down from the centers of each one. The bottom has six crochet tassels hanging down; two on each side and two in the center. The back features one crocheted flower with one long tassel hanging down.
The crocheted strap has a 27" long drop. There is a large "ball" at the top along with one on each side; the sides have two tassels hanging down from the centers.
The cream silk lining is in excellent condition, with only a minor pinprick; the bottom portion has been stitched to the crochet.
The drawstring top expands to 8"; the length is 13" to the center V and does not include the drop for the strap. From the bottom, side to side, it's 12" across.
The overall condition is good to very good, with the following to note: one of the crocheted tassels on the bottom/center has a brownish stain; there is also a dark stain on one of the large crocheted balls on the strap. There is a small stain below the flower on the back & a small brown stain along the bottom in the front. The creamy silk lining has a pinprick. Considering the purse is over 100 years old, it's in marvelous condition. I have shown the imperfections in my photos. Please note some of the photos appear to show darkened areas; this is due to the lightning only.
The large size of this antique purse makes it very useable/wearable; you can definitely carry a lot of things in it. It looks great worn like a messenger bag, across the body. You will love the look and workmanship of this antique beauty.
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