These were referred to as needlepoint, embroidered, petit point and/or tapestry bags over the years and are considered as desirable for the cottagecore movement recently.
Measures 6” across the top of the frame
6.5” across the body of the purse from piped trim to piped trim
1.25” width of floral embroidered depth spacer, curves from frame hinge down and around the bottom back up to the frame hinge on the other end. This has (worn) piping on each side of it where it attaches to the body of the bag in the front and back.
The frame has fancy gold and black antiqued floral and vine filigree design on one side, with a more geometric motif on the other side. The inside of the frame has the same geometric as the back, except without the black antiquing accents.
Kiss lock closure features two pointy domed shaped early plastic cabochon tips.
This has a 1/16” wide rolo chain handle that is 12” long.
Fully lined with an interior pocket sized to hold a calling card (or business card, or credit card). The lining has a spot on each side, this is not visible to anyone but the person carrying it, though.
The embroidery design includes an 8-columned building, reminiscent of the Parthenon.
Colors of black with creamy-almost-tan neutral, muted maroon, midnight blue, gold and sage.
Closes securely and is extremely sturdy.
Estimated as early 1900s, especially considering the cabs on the kiss-lock and the piping. Thanks to LaRee Johnson Bruton’s book “Ladies Vintage Accessories Identification & Value Guide” pages 231 and 243.
The image of the purse with the hat is to show scale, or proportion. The hat is not included (it has now sold).
We are a member of The VFG, The Vintage Fashion Guild.