This spectacular, antique evening bag is a very pretty, classic example of the Victorian cut-steel beaded style.
Dating from the late 1800s, the bag is characterized by thousands of tiny cut-steel beads masterfully integrated into light taupe crocheted silk.
The bag has an absolutely sensuous texture.
Each tiny bead is made of genuine steel and has been hand cut to feature wonderful light-catching facets.
Cut steel was produced in the Victorian Era to mimic the shine and glamour of diamonds.
Cut steel caught the light and sparkled, and cut steel (and cut steel look-alikes) were very much in demand right up until cut faceted rhinestones became available in the beginning of the 1900s.
Over time, these pieces have become very collectible.
Cut steel was very expensive, as each little "gem" was cut by hand, and then sewn into place.
As you can see, the evening bag is an elegant pouch shape, culminating with a number of beaded loops which create a sexy fringe at the bottom, adding balance and weight.
Two bands of bunched looped beads travel around the upper and lower third of the hand bags body. This makes for a visually and texturally beautiful decoration.
The interior of the bag is unlined which allows you to see the masterful crochet-work inside.
A simple draw-string closure allows the piece to be easily carried and displayed.
The looping drawstring consists of a simple olive-drab cord.
The cord runs through several silver-tone loops which are affixed to the top of the bag.
Despite some minor expected wear this gorgeous evening bag remains in spectacular antique condition.
You'll love the visual and tactile appeal it adds to your collection.
This is a shop favorite.
It is so beautiful, tactile, and has great weight and an air of elegance.
Measurements: Evening bag is 9" long (17" long with cord), 4" at widest point, 4" deep, Drawstrings extend 7" on each side when bag is fully closed Weight: 156 grams (6 oz)
Item ID: 1479
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