Many beaded purse were made in France during the mid century, most of them done in black. This purse is exceptional since it is a dark navy blue, a color that has recently come into the forefront. However, it is remains a color that is difficult to find and consequently this bag is a real find! In addition, the condition is near mint, another rarity in the world of French beaded bags. The bag is typically shaped with the bottom being slightly wider than the top. It is small to medium sized for this genre and my iphone 6 fits nicely inside. The beads are small and rounded. They are a deep navy blue, sometimes referred to as midnight blue. They are sewn into a quilted diamond pattern. The diamonds appear to protrude from the background and dimension and texture are achieved in this manner. It is just wonderful!!! The frame adds to the splendor of this bag. It is gold toned and beading and enameling create a frame that is skillfully crafted. There are 5 enamel medallions done is dark blue and gold colored enamel. The medallions vary in size with the largest one in the middle. They are done with openwork and thin gold lines outline their intricate designs. They have scrolls and swirls. The are not flat on the frame but are raised. Surrounding each medallion are rings of navy and gold colored glass beads. The front has a border of gold tone braiding. There is a pull tab decorated with the same navy and gold beads. It too is outlined with gold braiding trim. The sides of the gold tone frame have decorative engravings. There is a serpentine antiqued gold carry chain with a drop of 4 1/2". The inside is lined in a midnight blue satiny fabric. There is an open slip pocket and a sewn in label stating "Made in France." The inside is in wonderful without sign of wear or age. The measurements are 8"w x 6 1/4"h x 2"d. The bag is in near mint condition. A bag like this, in this condition is a rare find. It was an expensive bag in its time and remains an exceptional work of French design. This is as good as it gets!!!!! Condition: Near Mint Excellent VINTAGE Condition
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