So much fun! Such equality of the sexes! The label inside this large needlepoint bag states "Artbag Creations 735 Madison Avenue New York Near 64th Street." My suspicions are that this needlepoint was done by an individual and then brought into Artbag and made into a purse. Artbag is a well known shop that repairs and creates handbags. I understand why the creator wanted to preserve this needlepoint in a bag since it is so cool and unusual. It is highly stylistic with a "deco" vibe. Both sides of the bag are similar but not identical and here's the "rub:" the statement that is made is of sexual equality between the sexes. The bag is of the messenger type with a full size outside flap. It is large and it can be held as a clutch or worn as a shoulder bag. The needlework has a black and white background sewn in a deco pattern of stripes and checks. There are two figures, a gentleman and a lady, dressed in fancy garb. The woman wears an overblown dress (reminds me of the showgirls in the Ziegfeld follies movies) and the colors are shades of pink and purple. She is holding a small clutch. A gentleman is wearing a fancy blue suit. At first glance its seems that the front and back of the bag are the same. However, the front scene has the gentleman bending and kissing the lady's hand while the scene on the back has the lady bending and kissing the gentleman's hand. The expressions on their faces in both scenes is detailed and begets a story that only your imagination can create. So much fun! I have no idea when this needlepoint was created, was the idea of sexual equality a new idea when it was made or was it already an old theme? It really doesn't matter because the bag is so unusual and dramatic. The inside of the flap is a black grosgrain fabric and this fabric lines the inside of the bag. There is a slender fabric carry strap that has a drop of 13 1/2". The gold tone hardware ,allowing the owner to either remove the strap or tuck it inside, is inside the bag. The bag closes with a snap. Two open slip pockets are inside bordered by hot pink trim. (Artbag was and remains a very reputable and high end repair shop). The label is sewn inside. The inside is in great condition with only the most minimal signs of use and age. The measurements of the bag are 10"w x 7 1/2"h x 1"d. The entire bag is in great condition with few indications of wear and use. The purse definitely is a one of a kind. Sure to be seen and elicit compliments. And the story that it tells, well that is what makes it so much fun! Condition: Excellent VINTAGE Condition
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