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Vintage Whiting and Davis Metal Mesh Gate-top, Beggars Bag.

Vintage Whiting and Davis metal mesh Gate-top, Beggars Bag. This bag is also known as an Accordion Cap Style bag (once the cap is lifted, the accordion style hinge expands in order to open). Bag is a gold tone metal and is in excellent condition. Cap has decorative design. Metal chain handle measures approx. 10 inches in total length.

Interior has Whiting and Davis cloth tag. Interior is lined with a light peach colored satin fabric that is very clean and apears to have never been used.

Bag is made in the U.S.A.

Measurements: approx 6 inches in length


Antique Beaded Purse

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Antique/Vintage Blue Beaded Handbag Purse

1920s blue beaded bag. The bag is in good condition no beads missing, it is eleven inches long from strap to bottom of purse. This is a heavy one and very stunning, nice to add to your collection. ID=BeadedPurse11


Lovely Antique Art Deco Micro Beaded Ladies Purse Bag

This is a very pretty turn of the 20th century ladies micro beaded purse/ evening bag with interesting art deco motif. The frame is silver-plated and it has repousse flowers and leaves all around. The chain and the clasp are also silver plated, clasp has two cobalt glass tips. The colors are cobalt and silver. The purse measures 6 x 9”. Inside is covered with LEATHER. It is in good condition, has no holes, rips or missing beads. The silver-plating on frame is in fine shape but chain lost most of the silver plating. Lovely period piece.ID=BeadedPurse12


Flapper Girl Antique Beaded Purse

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Art Deco Beveled Glass Purse - A Cinderella Purse

From a wonderful collection of antique purses, a very rare beveled glass purse in a brass frame with a mirror bottom. One would think this piece is a jewelry holder but there is the handle to carry as a wonderful purse. To open - the front panel comes down and some treasured items may be displayed or carried. From a collector's estate this was found with many Art Deco period purses and dates from that era, more likely on the later side of Deco c. 1930's 40's. The purse sits on four ball feet, has a fold over closure and is in excellent condition - glass and mirror intact - some discoloration to the metal on the underside bottom of the purse, the metal may have been cleaned at one time but there is some age darkening. Measures 4"h (without the handle) x 4" wide x 2 1/8"d. So enchanting is this look - it brings fairy tales and Cinderella to mind. A beautiful piece to display and add to a fine purse collection. ID=GlassPurse4


Antique Beaded Purce

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Vintage Beaded Purse w/ Pansies LOVELY nice rare 1940s

This item belonged to a lady from Ulster, Pa. It is a vintage beaded purse. Colors are lovely. red, orange and yellow pansies with green leaves. Gray,white, red,pink and burgundy beads as trim. Dangles are lavender, pink, gray and green. 20 dangle loops hanging at the bottom. Inside is lined and lining is all in one holes. NICE. Chain and clasp are silver in color. Opening frame is silver in color with normal amount of wear, and with has a leaf design. measurements are 6 x 6 1/2 inches. nice deep inside. Chain handle measures about ten inches. I can trace it to the 40's..but it may be older.

All beads are intact and inplace...none missing that i can tell..and I have inspected it closely. A lovely item for your collection. Would look stunning in a shadow box if one so desired. a unique item in that the flowers are pansies. A gem! ID=BeadedPurse13


Here is a fine, mint condition, Tiffany double handbag or purse, dating from the 1890's or so. It is solid, not plated, 14k gold, and weighs just over 6 troy ounces or 188.5 grams. The purse is actually a coin purse, inside a larger pocketbook. The bag, with out chain measures 5 1/8 inches wide and 4 inches deep. It is stamped 14K on both the inner and outer purse frames along with "MADE FOR TIFFANY & CO."on the inside frame of the attached coin purse. The frames of both purses are engraved with identical floral designs, and are quite elegant. The inside frame of the large purse also has engraved "Mrs W.R. Mygatt Chicago". No one of course would "scrap" this for its gold content, but its weight 188 grams or 121.29 pennyweight of gold means that the pure gold value of the purse is about $4200. There is a number 3426 ingraved on the inside of the frame. Please note again, that the bag is in mint condition. ID=14KGOLDPURSE1 I have many more picture in this very fine purse. Email me and I will be happy to send them to you.

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Antique Vintage Beaded Purse. Lovely cobalt beads

This is an antique beaded purse that I picked up from an auction of an estate of a very old woman in Culpepper, Virginia. This reticule is covered in thousands of beads in shades of cobalt blue, pink, green, black, white, and even little dabbles of aqua. To me, the pattern looks like rain drops with a rose and leaf pattern in front of each drop. There is minimal bead loss and the only minor flaw is that the pull string is a bit tattered and uneven. One strand is just hanging on. The black lining is perfectly intact and in impeccable condition. A gorgeous addition to your collection... the blues in this beauty are completely breathtaking! ID=BeadedPurse7


Vintage Beaded Scenic Purse

I got this purse from an estate sale, it is a steal beaded purse from France. It has a lovely scene on both sides...(The same scene on both sides) The catch is a little metal button with a floral work that you push and the purse opens,(works perfectly) the frame is a stunner with beautiful metal work. It has a double row across the top. One with a twisted vine with little leaves all around the top of the purse, the second row goes across just the top looks like berries and leaves....Dangling from the center of the frame is a little charm with a rhinestone in the center with lovely work on the front and the back. The frame is the same front and back. The purse itself has a scene with a house and a sun, due to its age there is slight fading....The background is kind of a plaid of gold and silver tone beading. On the bottom are a row of dangling beads....When you open the purse there is some loose stitching by the hinges....It really is a beautiful purse for your collection...It has a good weight to it. ID=BeadedPurse8

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This is an attractive antique micro beaded purse, circa 1900. The front features a central medallion with lovely pink, red & white roses bordered by a garland of violets & leaves, all on a black glass beaded background. The back of the purse & frame are covered in a black silk-like material & the clasp is a frosted glass ball. It measures 8 3/4" long (including clasp) x 7 1/2" wide. Condition overall is very good with only a few beads missing around the outer edge & a little wear to the black fabric on the frame. The inside liner is original and has no tears or stains. ID=BeadedPurse9

Why the White Bead?

It took me some time to find out the reason to this perplexing question, and if you are a purse collector, you too may have wondered why one finds the odd and occasional white bead in an otherwise colorful purse.

Could the beader have made this colossal error, at a moment when her mind slipped from her incredibly tedious work? No, because the white bead occurs in roughly the same place on the reverse side of the purse as well, which adds more puzzlement to the mystery. Well, here is the answer. The white bead is a signature of sorts. It indicates that this purse was made for the retail market, usually a department store, in this country. Making beaded purses was a respectable way for a lady to make money, and the store would typically arrange for the few ladies who produced the bags to "sign" a purse with a single white bead in a particular quadrant, thus identifying her to the store for her due compensation, as the purse was sold. If you don't find a white bead in a beaded bag, you can assume that either the bag was made solely for the use and enjoyment of its' maker, or that the bag is from a European country, where even if the bag was made for the tourist market, there was another type of arrangement, perhaps outright purchase, between the beader and the store which sold it.

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