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Vintage French micro beaded floral designer purse.

Back of Vintage French micro beaded floral designer purse.

Bottom of Vintage French micro beaded floral designer purse.

Inside of Vintage French micro beaded floral designer purse.

Designer lable in Vintage French micro beaded floral designer purse.

This is a 1940's very pretty micro hand beaded designer purse made in France for L. Bamberger & Co., Newark, New Jersey.  It features pink and white flowers outlined in gunmetal grey on scrolling vines of cream and bronze glass micro beads.  A pink flower on vine is duplicated on each bottom corner.  The beadwork for the most part on the body and bottom is all intact.  There is one tiny spot on the back missing 2-3 beads.  There is some bead loss along the frame edge, which is quite normal for a purse of this age that was used regularly.  This purse is very clean for having obviously been well used, but it does have one little brown spot on the back.  I've not attempted to clean it, but a light soaking is some warm water with Woolite should take care of that.

The frame is brass I believe and it has a white beaded twist rope type of embellishment.  It has a brass filigree lift clasp closure that is also embellished with white beads.  It looks to have spots where rhinestones would have been set, but there is no evidence that there ever any. The frame is straight and opens and closes tightly and securely.

It is lined with a cream colored satin and has a slip side pocket.  It shows normal soilage, has a what looks like a lipstick stain on the lower corner of the slip pocket, but there are no rips, tears, holes, or shredding.  The designer label has come unstitched on on side.

Purse measures approximately 7 1/4 inches at the widest and about 6 inches high.  11 inch brass curb chain gives this beauty an overall hanging length of about of about 10 1/2 inches.  1999 price guide value of between $75 and $95.  A great purse for weddings, proms, etc!!


Item # AP03

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