Vintage/Antique Blue Aurora Borealis Beaded Purse Women's
Vintage /Antique Blue Aurora Borealis
beaded flapper style purse.
We are very pleased to offer this
Vintage/Antique Blue Beaded purse.
I call this a Flapper purse, because
when I look at it, it brings to mind those fringe dresses that
were all the rage back in the roaring twenties. The purse has
tapered vertical rows of tiny blue aurora borealis beads, the
thread in between is gray/silver in color. The beads are size
ten, faceted seed beads. According to our local bead expert
the beads come from Czechoslovakia, and can be dated to the
1920s. The frame is a very ornate piece, with cutout ovals each
containing a rose flanked by leaves. The frame is really a very
nice casting. The purse has the original muted lavender lining,
with two small pockets situated on either side. The purse is
secured with a bead on post friction snap closure. And there
is a chain of 1.4cm x 4mm links. The frame casting, and the
chain look to be a silver alloy, perhaps Nickel.
The frame is approximately 4 7/8 inches
wide. The body of the purse flair's out to a width of approximately
7 inches at the bottom seam. The bottom seam has an 1 inch long
looped beaded fringe. From the top, to the bottom, the purse
measures approximately 6 1/4 inches. This
purse weighs approximately 6.3 ounces.
There is one thing I find curious about
this purse, in all the field of beautiful blue beads, there
is a solitary orange bead, located in the center, about a 1/2
inch up from the bottom seam. I feel it is an intentional placement,
and it makes me wonder if this was a common practice by it's
maker. There are no other labels or stamps to Id the maker.
Condition- This purse a couple of
issues we need to mention. First- the stitching of the lining
is deteriorating, a common occurrence in Vintage purse like
this, but easily remedied. Second there are three places in
the rows of beads where the supporting thread work have broken,
resulting in some small voids in the bead work. A talented restorer
could reweave these areas and restore continuity to the pattern.
A close match to bead color is available. We suggest Miyuki
#11 Delica Sapphire DB-178, with the a/b finish. But overall
beauty of the purse overshadows the flaws, and once restored
it will be a treasured piece.
This is such a beautiful example of
some very fine craftsmanship, both in the cast hardware, and
the beautiful beads, and beadwork. This will be a stand out
addition to any collection.
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