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Antique Sterling Beaded Peacock Purse by Gorham Corp. Rare

One of the most recognized and desired scenes on a beaded handbag is the peacock. This one, with with tail plumed, is perched on a blooming branch. It's made of tiny seed beads with a navy blue background. The pink cherry blooms are done in metallic beads. The limited detailing on the sterling frame is accented by the use of steel bead work which has been dotted with small red and green glass beads that mimic the eyes in the peacocks tail. In each corner, as well as the center, are turquoise designs. This is a sturdy purse that holds its shape, and measures 10" by 6 inches at its widest.

I don't see any damage to the outside bead work, however, the inter silk lining is deteriorating around the top area. It had been elaborately done with an inter pocket to hold a small coin purse with snap closure, and a two-sided snap off mirror and powder press, still carrying its ribboned celluloid top.

This handbag was made in the early 20th century by the Gorham Corporation located in Providence, Rhode Island. They were one of the more renowned silver manufacturers in the U.S., eventually taking over the businesses of Kerr, Whiting and Alvin. In the early decades, during the 1800s, the firm manufactured primarily spoons. While they became well known for cutlery, they also branched into other novelties and gift items in small numbers. This frame is marked with the firms three emblems, as well as Sterling. Then with larger spaces between them are an M, a B, and an outline of a spoon - making it a rare collectors piece (this purse was one of many we recently acquired from a New England estate of a avid collector). The sterling link chain hangs 7.5 inches. Book values range from $450 to $700 with a plastic frame. Our price is a real deal for this rare bag!


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ITEM ID
182C-1
COLOR
Blue, Green, Pink
FASHION ERA
Early 20th Century
ITEM TYPE
Antique

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Antique Sterling Beaded Peacock Purse by Gorham Corp. Rare

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