Here is a find from the 1920s. The 1922 discovery by Howard Carter of Tutankhamun's tomb was the discovery of the age. It received worldwide press, and ignited renewed public interest in ancient Egyptian art and artifacts. This purse was made not long after Tut's discovery.
I would call it a clutch, although it has a handle. The measurements are about 10 x 8 x 2 inches deep when it's closed. It probably held gloves, a compact, a coin purse, a small note pad.
This purse is sturdy, still. The handle in great condition and the exterior is also in great condition, but the interior shows age and some wear. The mirror is fogged and there is a place next to the mirror for identification--passport, perhaps? Driver's license, if she had a car? It is a thin slot so it was meant for something like that. There are 3 compartments inside the purse--one is zipped. The cloth lining is deteriorated but it's a lovely shade of lavender.
Where was it made? I don't know. It has the feel of American made or European because of the metal zipper and the metal snap closure. It's a great artifact from the era of exploration and great Egyptian discovery. Still quite usable, but lightly. Thank you for checking in at my shop. I will always stock a variety of things.
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