Wow, this is Rock Star Petit Point Purse with attitude! I love the artful black borders framing a white center--and Asian motif florals spanning the entire purse. The pattern symmetry and vibrant colors definitely give off a glamorous Art Deco vibe.
From the 1930s, the gilt metal frame is stamped with subtle floral designs while the edges of the frame are trimmed with beaded metal. The metal handle is also tooled. The interior is lined in a deep green aged silk that is pristine, I don't think this bag has been used. It's 7 inches across the metal frame, approximately 8 inches across body of bag, 1 inch in depth and a little over 5 inches tall.
But the big headliner is the stunning clasp handle fitted with carved jade capped in amber glass stones and metal fretwork. The top of the frame is set with two amber glass pieces as well--the left stone has a slight roughness near the bezel that I can barely feel with my fingernail.
I'm not a petit point collector, but am a jade collector and I'm very impressed with the quality of this piece of jade--there's light celadon, apple green and some yellow shading. I don't know what the amber cabochons are but think they could be natural stone and not glass. The top amber color pieces are irregular, with striations and milky inclusions.
See pics for the clasp--it's very delicate and I suspect handmade. It closes securely but needs a gentle touch. Condition of purse is very good considering age--a repair is needed to replace two lost thread stitches that hold the petit point to the frame--see photo with post-its. I'll leave any repairs to the expert collector who knows petit point.
I see no damage on the petit point from wear--there are some barely visible irregularities in stitching (another post-it tab) that I attribute to the human hands of the seamstress. Top corners near frame have slight fading, but you have to really look hard.
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Jade Clasp Petit Point Purse 1930's
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