This extremely large, elegant and beautiful purse once belonged to a lovely elderly lady I knew from my childhood, Emily from Melbourne, Australia. The purse has a gilt frame and chain and is decorated with a variety of coloured paste stones and small green enamel flowers. The actual purse has the front and back decorated with a subtle but intricate large basket of flowers (roses, lily and tulips) surrounded by shiny gilt beads. At the bottom is an integral long scalloped fringe which is also decorated with a subtle floral pattern and a narrow band of shiny silver beads. The clip consists of two flower buds each topped with a turquoise green paste jewel and it opens and closes with a snap. The interior is lined with deep cream silk hand-gathered at the top and includes a small coin purse of matching fabric lined with a firm cream fabric. There is also a small internal fabric pocket. The actual purse, jewels and fringe are in excellent condition with virtually no bead loss. The silk in sections of the lining is shattered from age but this could be replaced if desired. The coin purse again suffers from the same problem and both the lining and the coin purse have some pale pink staining in patches. This does not distract at all from this extraordinary item as a display piece and example of the amazing beadwork of the early 20th century. Length including tassels (but not chain) 15 ins (38cm), width 9 ins (22.8cm). Weight 406 grams.
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