From a far and upon close inspection, this purse is wonderful. Not often found, this purse is a combination of many hand worked stitches that completely covers the entire surface. Probably made in France, circa 1920's. this bag is undoubtedly high end. Typically shaped it combines curves and straight lines. It has a simple and delightful floral design and is done is soft and calm colors. It is hand worked in multiple embroidery techniques throughout such as the couching technique, satin stitch, forbidden stitch and peking knot. The background a light ivory color and a taupe color upon which small floating flowers and bows are sewn. The flowers are mainly a cranberry red as well as other hues of pink. The flowers and the design are a different stitch from the background. Very simple in appearance, the purse was complex in execution. There is a thin gold tone frame with tiny faux pearls and marcasites. The gold tone metal is engraved with etchings on the outside as well as its inside. There is a "come from behind" clasp that is covered with marcasites. The dainty gold link chain has a drop of 5". The inside is lined with a champagne colored satin fabric. There is a ruffled slip pocket with a coin folder inside. There is a large beveled mirror that was originally attached with a small chain. The mirror is a work of art in itself. It has a decorative frame and is backed by the satin. There is a small ruffled slip pocket on the back of the mirror. All this is an indication of what a special bag this was in its day. The lining is in very good condition with a few indications of wear and age. The measurements are 6 3/4"w x 5 1/2"h x 1 1/2"d. Considering its age, the bag is in great condition. The body is just fine, some faux pearls on the frame have lost their luster (they are so small that you really can't see this)and the inner coin folder has verdigris on its snap. I would toss it but I leave that up to the new owner. Minimal indications of age and use. This is a pleasing purse that will delight for many years to come. Condition: Excellent VINTAGE Condition
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