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Vintage/Antique Blue Aurora Borealis Beaded Purse Women's Coutour FLAPPER

Vintage/Antique Blue Aurora Borealis Beaded Purse Women's Coutour FLAPPER

Regular price $139.83

Vintage/Antique Blue Aurora Borealis Beaded Purse Women's Coutour FLAPPER

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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Item Dimensions

Height Width Depth Diameter Weight

6 1/4"



6.3 oz.


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