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This lovely piece came from the estate of the eclectic collector and is a lovely example of the art form that thrived from the 1840's to the flapper days. The beads on this purse have a lovely sheen...a bronze iridescent metallic shimmer that catches all the light. The frame is totally elegant...a very lovely filigree design that arches toward the clasp, a simple ball. The chain may or may not be original...it certainly blends in well.
Scattered along the edge of the frame are tiny openings where a bead has been used to hold the stitches securing the beadwork. One short area on one side has lost the frame beads...if I can find some that match, I'll make that repair...unless the buyer would prefer to use their own workmanship.
The lining does raise the eyebrows...it's a navy faille. I'm not sure why. Since so many original beaded bag linings are tattered and frayed due to use, it is not uncommon to see them replaced. Had I been able to do that (and it's something I've never done), I think I would certainly have done it in a tone that blended with the beads...personal choice!
The brass frame is 5" across and 4-1/4" from top to edge of frame; the bronze metallic beads hang in a deep V that drops 8" from the center of the frame. The purse itself hangs 10" from clasp to bottom edge; adding the chain it hangs 15". It's in very good vintage condition for this type of work.
There is a charm to these small beaded wonders that captivates all of us; this is a lovely example to add to your collection.