This bag, to me, is in the category of "Cinderella" purses. I can see it on Cinderella's wrist as she is tumbling down the stairs of the castle. It is enchanted, magical and charming. Made by master purse maker, Josef, circa 1950, this bag is a little different from his usual beaded bags. The shape is unique. It is shaped sort of like a genie's lantern or a Venetian gondola. Essentially it is long and narrow with pointed ends. Very unique. There are two pleats on the front and back that add dimension to the bag. It has an ivory satin background that is classically elegant. There are hand beaded small white seed beads stitched throughout in a swirling and wave like pattern. In addition small clear beads are sewn in a scalloped pattern. All this is hand done in the U.S.A. The effect is romantic, flowing and breathtaking. The bag opens and closes with a zipper. There is a beaded wrist strap to hold the bag. The inside is lined with pale yellow satin material. There are three open slip pockets. Included in the bag are a mirror in its satin case and a small coin purse. There is a cloth label stating "Bags by JOSEF, Hand Beaded in the USA." The inside is in good shape, It is not as crisp as the outside and shows minimal wear. The measurements are 11"w(end to end), 4 3/4"h x 4"d. The bag is in great condition. It was obviously rarely used and well taken care of. Perfect for the bride, this bag is pristine on the outside which is amazing considering its color and age. It is so lovely, charming and sophisticated. Did you get your invite to the ball? Condition: Excellent VINTAGE Condition
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