Both sides of this late teens/1910s floral glass beaded purse feature a leafy garland of forget-me-nots and roses on a white ground, “gathered” on top by a silvery bow. The forget-me-nots use primarily grape and lavender beads; the roses are done in pink, crimson, vermilion and white.
The oblong purse has a slightly pear-shaped bottom and chased gilt metal frame with knobbed clasp. It hangs from a dainty paper-clip link chain.
The maroon satin lining, a replacement, has ruching along the frame and a sidewall pocket gathered at the top. The original lining would likely have included an attached mirror; any label once attached is no longer present.
“All-over” beaded purses first made their comeback in the mid-teens. As one autumn 1915 fashion reporter put it: "Beaded bags are in again with a vengeance, not the silk bags with bead trimmings that have dangled from all the best arms this summer, but the old-fashion all over beaded bags with their quaint pink and yellow garlands...”
Available in both drawstring and frame models and in patterns including floral, scrolling, and Egyptian motifs, they often but not always had fringe or a tassel at the bottom. The particular wreath-like arrangement of the floral design on this purse, with the motifs larger and denser toward the bottom center, was quite typical.
Measurements are 8.5” high, 8” across the widest part of the purse, and 5” across the narrowest part of the purse. Chain is 16” long.
Very good, sturdy condition, with both the brightly colored beadwork and the replacement lining intact. Issues are finish wear to the (brass) chain and 2 faint stains on one side of the purse (photo #8), one of which is ¾” and the other ½”.
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