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Antique floral drawstring reticule with rare 1 cut brick red fine micro beads.
Back of Antique floral drawstring reticule with rare 1 cut brick red fine micro beads.

Inside of Antique floral drawstring reticule with rare 1 cut brick red fine micro beads.
Close-up of Antique floral drawstring reticule with rare 1 cut brick red fine micro beads.
 

I found this little gem quite by accident in a place it shouldn't have been, a show for folk artists work, at the 2003 Folk Fest at the Atlanta Trade Center in Georgia, and I snatched it right up.  I can't blame my camera, it's the photographer (me) that just can't seem to capture sparkles and shimmers to these purses...argh...heh,heh...especially this one!!

Not only does this early to mid 1800's knitted micro beaded purse have a plethora of colors, but the background has ~RARE~ Brick Red 1 cut faceted beads (now-a-days we call them charlotte cuts).  Many beads of that era, including the black jet beads and French steel cut beads have multi-facets, usually faceted on all sides.  1 cuts have a single flat cut on one side.  Before the cane of glass was cut into itty bitty beads, it was ground on one side to create the facet.  The faceted brick red beads are also very fine and smaller than the other glass beads in this purse, it's really astounding.  It's also accented with gold French Cut Steel beads.

This purse has been well loved and well used.  For a purse this age it has held up remarkably well, there are some missing beads here and there, a couple of small holes that are barely noticeable and a couple of what appears to be repaired areas.  But for the most part, the bead loss is minimal and very restorable.   I do believe that it probably had a fringe bottom at one time. 

The silk header is missing it's drawstring and is torn and stained.  The cream colored lining has seen better days too, it has some staining a couple of holes and is starting to disintegrate, it should be replaced.  Lying flat purse measures about 6 3/8 inches wide and about 7 1/8 inches tall.

This really is an exquisite piece of history and antique beads. Truly, though, with only a minor amount of TLC this could be restored to it's original magnificence, don't let this one get away!!!

SOLD

Item # AP43
$250.00

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