This is a delightful small purse in deep cream satin embroidered with small white beads and panels of opaque bugle beads. At the back is a matching wide band which would have been used to hold it on a wide belt. For opening the purse, there is a small beaded tab at the front and a beaded knob which can be pressed and the tab pulled forward to open it when worn. Inside it is lined with cream silk and has one small pocket. The condition of the beads is good with only scattered loss but there are areas of discolouration more obvious on the back. This little purse fits into the general concept of the chatelaine purse as it is worn at the waist, freeing the gloved hands of the wearer. This would be a charming item to wear or be part of a collection of unusual purses. Width 5 ins (12.6cm), height 4.75 ins (12cm). Weight 80 grams.
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