Antique/Vintage FRENCH Purse Czechoslovakian Faceted Metal
Antique/Vintage French petite purse
made with faceted Czechoslovakian beads
We are very pleased to offer this
very collectable French beaded petite purse.
What is so amazing about this purse
is the size, and type of the beads used in it's making. The
beads are metal, two shades of a yellow metal, and a silver
toned metal. What makes them so unusual is that they many are
faceted. It is impossible to find metal faceted beads this size
today, they are just slightly over a millimeter in diameter
with triangular, and diamond shaped facets. See magnified picture.
My local bead expert says these beads are turn of the last century
and of Czechoslovakian origins.
This purse has a flap closure, and
a metal flex bar to tension the opening at the top. The pattern
is a geometric, there are spoked wheels in the corners and opposing
triangles along the borders, done in the lighter yellow metal
beads. There is a zig zag stripe that separates the triangles,
and surrounds the wheels. The flap has a edge of scalloped shallow
loops of beads. And the bottom has a fringe of single strings
of beads with loop ends. All the beads have developed a slight
patina that has dulled the sharpness of the pattern. The handle
of the purse is a 9 mm wide band of beads. The stringing of
the bead cloth used in this purse is amazing.
This purse measures 5 1/4 inches wide,
by 4 1/4 tall. With an additional 1 1/4 inch added to the height
with the trim. This purse weighs 6.6 ounces.
This purse is for the serious collector,
it needs to be mounted and framed, to serve as an example of
the craftsmanship and artistry capable in an earlier time.
Condition- This is a very fragile
piece. It is offered as a display piece, not an item for everyday
use. As preciously stated, it would be nearly impossible to
find beads like this anywhere, if you were to attempt a restoration.
It should be admired as it is.
This is a beautiful piece for the
collector of antique and vintage purses. It would make a thoughtful
holiday gift to the collector in your circle of friends, or
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