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Early Art Deco Cut Steel Micro bead Dress Bag - Flapper Era
I’m very excited to present this piece to you today. This Art Deco purse was recently acquired at an estate sale in Morristown, NJ. This steel cut micro bead bag is truly a delight to view especially in person, as some of the more intricate detailing may be lost from photographic image alone. This purse comes in a variety of colors and style. There are two types of micro beads used in the making of this purse, one is the traditional steel cut and the other is a more matte smooth bead. Tones range from gold, bronze, brass, silver, pewter and platinum.
The pattern on this piece is lovely with the front and back displaying a fully opened lotus flower and traditional geometric stacked patterns running on the sides and flap top. This purse is designed as a pouch that is fully lined. There is a delicate bead fringe on the edging of the flap that covers the opening. Also noted is a thin metal bar placed between the lining on the back to give this purse support, so when the bag is held by the handle it keeps perfectly straight and flat without any sagging.
The fringing on the bottom is superb, with an upper crisscross pattern that forms a diamond pattern and elegant fringing from that point on giving this accessory very nice movement. The total length of the piece is 9 inches, the purse alone measuring 4 by 3 inches. This will make an amazing statement and perfect for that evening function as it catches the light with every turn, or if you are a collector of fine attire from the Art Deco period simply display it and maintain the beauty of the original artwork.
Condition of this handbag is truly fine there is only one thing that I noticed while examining it in great detail. On the left seam there is a tiny area where there is a bit of puckering, not extremely noticeable but wanted to disclose this to the new owner. I would suggest that it is left as is or you may bring this to a tailor to have it re-stitched. This is after all handmade and some small imperfections are to be expected.
The Art Deco era (1920-1940) was a short but intense period during which jewelry design reflected both new technology and the burgeoning machine age between the two world wars. A direct reaction against the Art Nouveau era, Art Deco jewels tended to be angular and bold in color as well as shape. The Egyptian revival style, which drew on the 1922 discovery of the fantastically rich tomb of Tutankhamen, was a popular theme and utilized scarabs, hieroglyphics, lotus flowers, and spread-winged falcons as design elements.