Sometimes "darling" is enough! This purse is "darling." While it has sweet, charming and glitzy components, "darling" best describes its appearance. The bag is probably from France or Austria, there isn't any identification as to country of origin. It was probably made in the 1950's. The size of the purse is small but my iphone6 does fit inside. As most bags, the bottom is a bit wider than the top and there are curves and angles to its shape. The background color is a deep black and the material appears to be a silk(?) grosgrain. There is a lovely palette of needlework flowers in the middle of the front and back of the bag. The stitches are small and the colored threads are a variety of red, purple, green and orange hues. The flowers are nicely arranged and cover a lot of the bag. There is a gold tone frame that is highly etched with flowers and leaves. The inner side of the frame (that which is inside the bag) is also etched with these flowers. This is unusual and is a sign of a high end bag. However, the use of sparkly rhinestones give the bag extra pizzazz and transforms it from sweet to somewhat
showy. The shiny rhinestones cover the top of the frame and go down its sides. They are round and prong set. They are large and appear to be about the size of a 1/3 carat diamond. They are set above the frame and give the bag depth and dimension. There is a large and unusual pull tag which opens and closes the bag. It is long and narrow and two columns of rhinestones are set within its frame. You can't miss this ornamentation. There is a highly decorative antiqued gold chain with a drop of 5". The inside is lined with the black grosgrain fabric. There are two open slip pockets trimmed with gold cord, usually a sign of a higher end bag. The inside is in great shape with minimal signs of age and wear. The measurements of the bag are 8"w x 5 1/2"h x 1"d. The bag is in great condition, there is one tiny snag in the material on the back. This bag is just "darling", but as most ladies, it is "smart" too! Condition: Excellent VINTAGE Condition
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