This is an exquisite, antique Art Deco evening bag has been intricately sewn with white beads and tiny silver bugle beads. These are sewn on in garland shapes.
The bag has a silver-plated top with an intricate lid fastening. The silver top has a charming floral embossed design.
And the bag itself has an expandable accordion type opening. There is also a metal chain to carry it the bag. It is now a brass colour but I suspect it was originally silver plated like the lid of the bag, and its accordion opening.
The silk interior has a small pocket with a label reading “Handmade in Belgium”.
The condition is very good, especially when you consider this is over 100 years old. There is no smell and there are not holes or, from what I can see, no missing beads.
It measures 5 ½ inches by 7 inches. When it is closed, the top measures 1 ½ inches. Once expanded, the bag opens to 4 ¼ inches.
It is indeed a rare gem. It is both useable and collectable.
Antique Belgian, 1920's Beaded and Silver-Plated Evening Bag
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