I have always adored French beaded bags from the 1950's- 60's. (What type of bag don't I adore???That's the problem!) This purse by Milch is no exception. There isn't much information on Frank (Francis?) Milch excepting that he was the owner and/or designer of "Milch Handbags of NY" during the mid century. The bag is medium sized, larger than most of this genre. It is slightly wider at the bottom than the top and is rectangular shaped. The body is done with small round black beads that are sewn in large swirling patterns. The clamper style frame sets this bag apart from others. The bottom is a scalloped textured gold tone metal. This accent is prominent and substantial. There are five Frogonard oval porcelain plagues depicting a romantic couple in a variety of scenes. The ovals are set in a pointy "claw" like bezel. The plaques are bordered with a ring of tiny faux pearls which is bordered by twisted gold beading that appears continuous from one plaque to another. The plaques rest on the black beads. The underside of the frame is engraved an indication of a fine bag. There is a substantial gold carry chain with a drop of 6". Even though the chain is not dainty and might be a replacement chain, it goes nicely with the bag. The inside is lined with a black satiny fabric. There is an open slip pocket. "Made in France Milch bags" is inscribed in gold. The inside is very clean. The measurements are 9" x 6"h x 1"d. The bag is in terrific condition without any significant signs of wear or age. There are a few missing faux pearls around 2 of the plaques. However, there is so much "going on" around the plaques, that this is hardly noticed. The cost of repair would raise the price significantly and to my mind, is unnecessary. All and all, it was well taken care of, perhaps hardly used. These bags are timeless and classic. They are romantic and feminine. They were great during the mid century and remain exceptional now! Condition: Excellent- VINTAGE Condition
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