Here’s a vintage 1950s French steel bead or steel beaded purse. The purse is marked in gold lettering on the outside of one pocket - Made in France. The purse is completely covered in tiny French steel beads in a burnished silvery coloring with gold, pink, aqua and purple accents in the actual design. The top clasp works well. It is fully lined in ivory silk with one interior pocket.
The purse measures 9 1/4 inches at its widest point across & 6 inches from top to bottom. The coil chain handle measures 7 inches. The depth of the purse is 5 inches. The purse weighs 14.5 ounces
The condition is very good, there is some patina to the coloring of the beading over time. As the coloring has changed overall it appears fine. There is a little bit of staining to the silk interior at the bottom and one teensy lipstick smudge, quite pale.
This is still a very wearable and lovely vintage evening purse for that special occasion!