This is a gorgeous, hand beaded purse with a colorful floral design on both sides. Forming a circle of different flowers, the predominant colors are silver and teal background to white, red, blue, yellow and maroon flowers, with the same design on both sides. The bottom section has more maroon flowers on the teal bead background. The lovely, silver tone frame has embossed flowers on it. I love the very old beaded purses from the early 20th century - this one is larger and more colored than most.
Measurements: The purse is about 7 inches wide by 11 inches tall (18 by 29 cm.). The chain handle has a drop of about 7.5 inches.
Condition: For its age, this purse is in very good condition on the outside. There is some pulling from the weight of this large purse where the bead "cloth" has separated from the frame in a few places and some beads are missing there. The beading on the rest of the purse are in excellent condition. There are tatters of the original lining (more commonly in these antique/near antique purses the lining has disintegrated and no longer exists). The metal frame, clasp and chain are in very good condition.
This purse is wonderful as a collectible to enjoy for its beauty and history. It could not be used as a purse unless the attachment between the beads and the frame were reinforced and the lining were replaced. Please review all photographs carefully, as they are an essential part of the description.
Marks: This style of purse was often made in France in the pre WWII era (1900 - 1930's), but that cannot be ascertained for this particular purse, which has no labels or markings.
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