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Vintage 1920s - gorgeous bead and fur evening purse.Please
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This adorable little bag has been hand-made, possibly to go with a specific dress or oufit. It's a soft, beaded, fur-trimmed clutch, still entirely usable today.
It's covered in shiny beads back and front - the back just in black, the front with an inch-thick stripe of silver. There is also a fur trim (rabbit, I think), along the front edge. It fastens with four poppas, all original.
It dates from just after the first world war, when society was changing so fast it couldn't recognise itself! I like to think of some bright young thing using it to keep her lipstick and cigarettes safe!
It's a truly gorgeous thing in its own right! It's a little soft for use as a bag now, as it stands - the one night I took it out I stiffened the inside with cardboard (doesn't have to be thick, just fit well) and used two little gilt safety pins to give it a long shoulder strap with silver petersham ribbon, which worked really well - but this is how I acquired it, and I don't want to make any permanent alterations. Just a bit of card (even just a postcard) inside turns it into an excellent clutch!
In excellent condition both inside and out, and with no apparent faults, this little bag measures approximately 7¼ by 4½ inches (7.5 by 12 cms). A bit of social history!
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