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The color says it all! This fabulous beaded bag was hand beaded in France for Josef, one of the premier purse designers of the mid century. A purse by Josef was high quality, skillfully done and always impeccable in its design and appearance. His purses were sold in the best stores of the day. This particular evening bag makes quite a statement with its intense and bold ruby red color. Also referred to as burgundy, the color matches the color or merlot wine. It is deep and dramatic. It is just gorgeous, a difficult hue to capture. The bag is typically shaped with curves and straight lines and it is wider on the bottom than at the top. The beads used are small and tubular in shape. They reflect the light so that different shades of red sparkle when the bag is held. The beads are sewn in a very "deco" pattern of large scallops. It is very curvaceous and it too brings drama to the bag. Both characteristics, the color and the pattern, contribute to making a subtle and striking statement. There isn't any frame....it is all beaded. The inside frame is covered with a deep fuchsia red colored satin. The bag closes with a delicate kiss clasp , each side is capped with a burgundy glass stone. There is a ladylike chain with a drop of 5". The chain can be tucked inside and the bag worn as a clutch. The inside is lined with the same aforementioned satin. There is an open slip pocket and the cloth label stating "Bags by Josef Hand Beaded in France" is sewn inside. The inside is in fabulous condition looking as though this bag was hardly used. The measurements are 9 1/2" w x 4 3/4"h x 1 1/2"d. The bag is in great condition. It is vintage and shows minimal signs of age and wear, but nothing obvious. (One missing bead). If you need this color for an outfit, this is a find for you. The bag is absolutely gorgeous and the price is right. If Dorothy needed a bag to match her ruby red shoes, this would be it!!! Condition: Excellent VINTAGE Condition*
*The last picture was taken without an overhead light, hence the difference in color.
Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: ruby red, Size: S
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