This bag dates to between 1837-1860, but closer to the latter end. It measures approx. 7 ½" to the top of the frame, excluding the dangling bobbles and clasp. It is 6 ½" wide at its widest. The bag is completely beaded with translucent beads on a tan ground as the background. The floral design is mirrored on the back and they are typically Victorian in their use of identifiable flowers in their natural colours of red, pink, dark and light blues and greens. The top of the bag is gathered into the frame and gives the whole a rippled, sparkling effect when it is handled. Wonderful!
The frame is a thick, cast brass with a floral motif. The double, book chain with its square links is attached to scrolled holders. Even the top of the push button clasp has a floral design. Note that the clasp is the very old spring bar push kind.
The original silk lining is clean with two very faint blue shadows which may correspond to the blue beads and one tiny red dot.
Condition: Fine. One beaded ball is off but present. There is one vertical row of beads missing near the edge but they are almost unnoticeable unless you see the thread dangling. There are probably other individual beads missing but I can't see them. There is some slight wear where the bag attaches to the bottom of the frame. Again, almost invisible. Please view all photos as they give an accurate description of the fine condition. This is an exquisite, early bag which would grace any collection of antique purses. 425.
Item ID: BB268
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