This is a beautiful dainty little antique beaded purse that has survived remarkably given that it is likely to be well over 100 years old! The embroidery is suggestive of Art Nouveau designs with flowing swirls and stylised floral shapes and was likely to have been handmade by a lady whose needlework will have been an important pastime to her as well as demonstrating her skills to others.
- Delicate small areas of crewel embroidery work in pale pinks, peaches, greens and mauves plus one little yellow star on the back
- Tightly packed micro seed beading work in ivory and pale cream
- Lined in silk
- Fastens under the flap with a single metal press stud
- In very good condition except for a small area of damage to the silk lining just above the stud button of the upper fastening. I have repaired that by replacing the fabric which can be seen in the fourth picture. The rest of the lining is in remarkably good condition and is clean and solid. It is not unusual for silk linings to perish over the years. The beading is also in very condition with only an occasional bead missing here and there and not noticeable as the beading has been so tightly worked in the first instance.
- Measures just 5.25" wide x 3.5" from top to bottom.
- Strong enough to hold a mobile, tissue and a lipstick or a special bridal handkerchief.
It certainly is a beautiful 'something old' piece.