The French are known for their style, design and craftsmanship. This goes for almost all aspects of life, especially fashion. During the mid century the French made exceptional evening purse some made from fabric, leather, skins, glass beads or steel beads. This is an stunning example of a purse made from steel beads, a retro style that remains popular to this day. It is a timeless and classic look that is as appropriate today as it was yesterday. The purse is a clamper style with the bottom being slightly wider than the top. It is medium sized. As with all steel beaded bags the designs are subtle and on the faint side. The beads are mostly a bright gold tone, although the design uses silver and darker antiqued steel beads. The chevron design has stylized accents (flowers?) done in deep antiqued gold beads. The design covers the entire bag and it is the contrast between the shiny bright beads and the barely perceptible design that adds sophistication and interest to this exceptional vintage bag. The frame is a clamper style with a piano like hinge. The frame has a scalloped edge and lines of gold and silver steel beads cover the frame. There are wavy and straight rows of beads. On the top the gold beads are sewn into stylized flowers that have dimension and depth. The frame itself is a work of art. There is a carry strap with a drop of 5". The inside is lined with a blush colored satin fabric. There are two open slip pockets. The fabric label is sewn inside stating "Made in France by hand WALBORG "(Walborg was a popular brand that made high end purses of every style and design). The inside is in very good condition with some minor indications of age and use. The inside is roomy with enough space for all necessities including the "essential" cell phone. The measurements are 9 1/2"w x 6 1/2"h x 1 1/2"d. This bag is in wonderful condition. Often the steel beads get dirty which in effect casts a pale shadow. This bag does not have this and is exceptionally clean. There is small bead loss on one side where the strap meets the attached metal ring. The bag has a vintage look yet it is timeless and classic. Perfect for all those "fancy" occasions. Condition: Excellent VINTAGE Condition
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