Although I love bags that are whimsical and funky, I must admit I am a sucker for bags that are the essence of romance. This bag by famed purse designer, Josef, definitely fits that description. Made in France during the mid century, this bag is feminine, flirty, dreamlike, magical and romantic. Josef produced only the finest evening bags that were all luxury and high end. He dabbled in other styles but it is his evening bags that are still sought after by collectors. In fact, Hobe enlisted Josef to provide purse bodies for his famous jeweled frames. The purse is typically shaped and its bottom is slightly wider than the top. It is completely covered with a gorgeous French lace that is an creamy ecru color. The lace is not the thin type but rather it has substantial needle work resulting in "thick and thin" designs. I know my words are awkward here but not being a lace expert, it is best to look closely at the pictures. Areas of the lace form flowers which are bordered in thick segments of aurora borealis sequins and centered with faux pearls. Small white beads also decorate the lace. The lace is ruched at the top and there are folds throughout. The lace appears to cover an ecru satin body and it is not flat but "bunchy" against the body. There is a special shine and sparkle to the lace. It glistens as the light reflects onto the sequins. It is just gorgeous. The frame is made of twisted small white beads that are layered on top of each other. The gold tone frame that does not have beads is heavily engraved. There is an accent pull made of these tiny seed beads that are arranged as a flower. There is a dainty gold chain to carry the bag with a drop of 4". The inside is lined with an ivory colored satin fabric. There are three open slip pockets and a sewn in label stating "Bags by Josef Hand Beaded in France". The inside is heavily stained only along the top of the lining, it is not dirty but stained. Don't know what it is. I usually don't purchase bags with soiled linings, but this bag is so beautiful and was produced by such a master, that I made an exception. I am very finicky about such things and I would not hesitate to wear it as is. It is priced accordingly. The measurements are 9 1/2"w x 5 1/2"h x 1 1/2" d. This bag comes out of a fairy tale. It would have been perfect for the most recent royal wedding. I believe this bag tops anything the royals wore. Well maybe not, but this romantic purse sure is wonderful! Condition: Very Good +++ VINTAGE Condition
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