We are offering a spectacular beaded 1920's or earlier purse. The body of the bag hangs at 8.5" by 7" at it's widest part. With the handles it hangs 15" long. The bag is fully beaded around it's metal frame and has all beaded handles. The design is the same on both sides except for a small clear bead medallion type of decoration added towards the top on one side(not quite sewn level with the clasp).
The beading itself is in a beautiful design of multicolored beads-the inner designs of solid beads are uniform in shape and smaller than the beads used for the inner design. those beads are different sizes, shapes-mostly round but there are some square cut black beads that make another interior design. Because of the different bead usage, the creator of this piece gave a feeling of texture and depth to the design. I am not sure but part of the designs looks like two bird's heads. It is topped with a crown shaped metal clasp which does not look complete and looks as though there is a place on the other side which is bare. I cannot tell if there was another added metal clasp on the other side or if it was another beaded piece. The handles are attached to the purse with small metal jump rings.
The interior of the purse is lined with a lovely silk-like fabric that is brilliantly hued in purple, red, blue and green, part of it looks hand sewn and part looks machine sewn. There is a little pocket sewn in on the interior(1/2" needs to be sewn back on)and there is a added sewn-in "ruffled" details to the area between the bag frame and lining.
Notes on condition: The body of the bag is in very good shape-I could not find any loose beads or areas where they were missing. There are tiny brown threads poking up here and there. There are a few beads missing along the edge of the frame(hopefully they are seen in the photos)and as I have stated earlier there is an area where there may have been another part of the clasp. There is nothing to hold the purse shut when hanging. The handle is where I find missing and and loose beads all in the area underneath where the purse would be handled or hanging. The largest is an area of 1 1/2" by about 3 rows of beads.
The woman who owned this piece was born in 1895.