During the 1940's through the 1960"s beautiful beaded evening bags were made in France and Belgium for the American market. They varied in quality and craftsmanship as well as decorative details. However, they all exceeded similar items made today. This particular bag tends to be of a higher quality. It is made in France for the shop "Benlux at 277 Rue Saint Honore in Paris." It is simple yet sophisticated and has great class and style. It has an art deco vibe. It is made of tiny black seed beads that are matte in finish. The beads are sewn in a swirling pattern. There are additional shiny small black beads sewn in between the matte beads. These beads form a floral pattern and have a slight iridescent quality. Consequently this lovely stylized pattern is subdued and not overbearing. The frame is enameled in black. It is a clamper style. It has a shiny gold tone border. It is angular and has points. There is an angular detail in the middle that is covered with small pave rhinestones. The shape is triangular. It gives the bag a feeling of the art deco period. There is a rounded carry strap made from the black beads. It has a drop of 5". The inside is a black matte satin like material. There is an open pocket and the cloth tag "Made In France" is sewn inside as well as a cloth tag with the store's information. The inside is in very good condition with few signs of wear and age. The measurements of the bag are 8 1/2"w x 6 1/2"h x 1 1 /2"d. The condition of this bag is wonderful. It would be excellent however, there are indications of corrosion on the INSIDE of the frame. I neutralized the situation by using white vinegar and it should be contained (TIP: use white vinegar to remove blemishes on metal frames). This is not seen on the outside at all. Also, one side of the frame does not close as tightly as it should. The bag is over 60 years old and I give it another 60 in spite of this blemish and issues. Please do not buy if you desire perfection, this bag is not for you despite its bargain price. Sure to be noticed, this stylish and tasteful evening bag is the perfect accessory to any formal outfit. Try to find such a bag in a department store that will last another good 60 years.....need I say more? Condition: Very Good VINTAGE Condition
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