For many years, I have been a collector of fine vintage handbags and through those years, I have seen, and have owned almost every type there is. But every once in a while, there is one that stands out from the many. This is one of them. From the private collection, this vintage gem is pristine. This beaded, rhinestone Evening Bag is absolutely stunning. Looking at it, it is like lights of every color of the spectrum is turned on, gently dazzling you from every angle. Then when you pick it up. The sheer weight tells you right away that this is gem is of a quality like no other. It is solid and feels so good to the touch.
As you look at it, you see the pearlescent caviar barrel, and faux pearl beads surrounding the rhinestones in a beautiful pattern. Not one bead is missing and the rhinestones, with one large stone on the center on each side, glaring like a rainbow streetlight. There’s the handle. Finely beaded to perfection like a beaded rope.
Then the frame. It was handmade and polished to a mirror finish with two inlays that were precision-machined with a brush and polished, slanted grooves for a remarkable effect when viewed. The frame works smoothly and closes fully. In fact, the frame itself shows that it took a very skilled craftsman to create it.
No doubt, this handbag took many months to perhaps a year or more to complete as this bag is so heavily beaded and the beads are so tightly arranged, no where can you see the base fabric. And the patterns are so precise. Open the kiss-snaps to see the pearlescent White Satin lining. There is a gathered slip pocket and directly across is a slip pocket. It is spotless clean and odor-free. Not one mark and no stains.
The tag of the maker has long fallen off but from my many years of experience with these, this treasure has the distinctive hallmarks of the French makers and is clearly from the 1940’s to the mid-1950’s. The beads are laid out on the thickest, richest fabric to be found and the weight of the beaded fabric alone is more than two inferior bags.
This is an evening bag that will be the crowning touch to your attire at any event. It will bring many compliments and looks. It is that nice.
The dimensions are 9 ½ “L x 5 ½ “H x 2 ½ “d and the handle affords a 6” drop.
As always, this fine will come to you shipped with the utmost care via USPS Priority Mail or your choice of shippers indicated with insurance. Never a handling charge, just the exact shipping to your zip code. I ship all over the world and will gladly combine shipping on multiple purchases.
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