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Women wore these bags in the 1930's. They were very popular and there are still many around. The condition of this one, although not mint, is great considering it is truly vintage. It has a feature, seen on a few off this genre, that makes it a bit more special to me. It is completely cylindrical in shape, like a barrel. Its top is made of some early plastic. It is commonly identified in descriptions as bakelite but it is not that. However, it has the look of chunky bakelite and this top is referred to as a "bucket" top. It is a delicious caramel color. There is a band around the top outside of the bag and the lid is thick and chunky. Most of the lid lifts when opened but a small part stays rigid and does not move. There is a piano like hinge holding these two pieces together. The lid opens/closes with gold tone hardware that fits into a slot but doesn't click. However it stays tightly shut. The clasp has seen age and wear. It is engraved .....I could barely make it out it says "Patented Aug 22, 1930. (I have always thought these bags were from the 1940's but I guess there's a great probability that they were worn earlier). The amazing characteristic of this bag is the beading. Sparkling and irregularly shaped small black glass beads cover the entire bottom of the bag. However, they are not flat against the surface. They are arranged in rigid pleats that protrude outwards from the surface. These folds are like "speed bumps" in a road. They are rigid and hard and have maintained their shape for almost 100 years. The look is amazing! There is a thick rounded black beaded carry handle with a drop of 6" to the top of the lid (8" to the top of its beginnings along the side of the bag). The inside is lined in an electric blue satin fabric. It is ruched at the top. There is a round mirror attached to the top. Often these mirrors are lost by this point. This mirror has silvering issues and there is remnants of glue residue. The inside is in great shape. The bag measures 5" in diameter, 5 1/2"h. The bag is in wonderful condition especially considering its age. There are minimum markings on the lid and the beading looks as though it was just added. There are no manufacturer's identification on most of these bags, so I suspect they might have been a home project. I can see a sales lady in the cosmetics department of Macy's, Gimbel's or Selfridge's wearing such a bag on an evening out. The possibilities for wearing this bag for the modern day women are limitless to where your imagination can take you! Great vintage!!! Condition: Excellent - VINTAGE Condition


Vintage "Bakelite" Beaded Purse


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