Not every marriage works. However, this one does. This mid century, circa 1950's bag by the Charlet company, has joined together a vintage bag with a newer carry handle. Perhaps it wasn't the Charlet company but another imaginative individual , however, whomever did it, the marriage totally succeeds. The bag is small sized and is "oval" shaped. It is made of a silk grosgrain. It is very soft to the touch and luxurious. The color is a deep and wonderful black. It is totally ruched at the top of the front and the back. This results in flowing pleats throughout. The bag has a slight poofy look. The frame is exceptional being a bright gold tone with engravings. On top of the rounded frame there is gorgeous bead work done with wires from underneath. The beading forms a stylized pattern. It is thick and rise above the frame. The main color is black, but the flowers are red, pink, green and there are gold beads throughout. Very, very pretty. There is a large pull tag used to open the bag. It has the same stylized beaded appearance. The carry handle is unique. Usually a bag such as this would have a gold link chain or a fabric handle. This bag has a handle made from all types and different shaped large beads. There are jet black multi faceted beads that are the size of a pea. In addition round matte gold beads and faux pearls surround large (almost marble sized) beads that are similar to a cat's eye marble. That is, it is clear glass with red seemingly "inside" the glass and pink dots on the surface. The handle is done with taste and perfectly matches the rest of the bag. The drop is 6". The inside is lined in a satiny black fabric. There is an open slip pocket and the cloth "Paris Charlet Bags New York" label is sewn inside. The inside is spotless. The bag measures 6 1/2"w x 7" h x 2"w. The bag is in wonderful condition, I do not think this bag was ever used. The bag is very sweet and the handle sets it apart from the others bags of this type. It has a air of whimsy and fun. It totally works ! Excellent VINTAGE Condition
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