Every now and then one comes across a evening purse that rises above the rest. That applies to the French steel beaded purse being offered today. Although there is no identification. it is undoubtedly from France. Both the body and the frame are extraordinary and fantastic. The bag is of medium size and has a background of silver steel beads. The design combines stylized curvy and loopy lines with large flowers. The "lines" are abstract while the flowers are more realistic. These lines are done in bright gold steel beads while the flowers are dusty pink and baby blue. The floral accents are subtle while the curves and loops are a bit more apparent. The end result is a fabulous design that merits close inspection. The frame is spectacular. It is a clamper style. The flat top of the frame is beautifully engraved while the front is hand painted enamel and depicts a scene. There is a landscape of the provincial French countryside with a courting couple in olden day garb enjoying the day. The colors are bright and the scene is remarkably detailed. The hinge is secure and the clamper is tight. There is a serpentine gold tone chain (might not be original) with a drop of 5 1/2". The inside is lined with a pinkish satin fabric. There are two open slip pockets and included is a small coin pocket. There isn't any tag or label. The inside is in great condition with only the most minuscule indications of use and wear. The measurements are 7"w x 6"h s 1+"d. The purse is also in wonderful condition. There might be a restoration on the upper corner of the frame but it is so expertly done that it really isn't noticed unless looked for. A purse that combines a splendid steel beaded body with a magnificent frame is not easy to find. This is an example of vintage at its best. Could never be replicated today! Condition: Excellent- VINTAGE Condition
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