Vintage Beaded Purses
Glass Beaded PURSE Red FLORAL Gold Tone FRAME
antique glass beaded ladies purse.
It measures approximately 10" X 7 " Floral
motif and design. Red, pink and green colors. Black
background. Frame appears to be gold tone plated metal.
Blue glass accents on clasp. Unmarked. Silk interior.
Includes an attached mirror and small compact case cover.
Very clean. Minor bead loss and wear. Overall, very
good condition. Ideal for the collector.ID=BeadedPurse1
Glass Beaded PURSE Silver plate FLORAL Pink Blue
antique glass beaded ladies purse.It measures approximately
10" X 7 1/2". Colorful floral motif and design.
Yellow, green and pink on blue and black background. Frame
appears to be silver plate. Unmarked. Silk interior. Includes
an attached mirror and small compact case cover. Very
clean. Minor bead loss and wear. Overall, very good condition.
VINTAGE Cobalt Beaded Evening Bag-Rare Find!
“Roaring 20’s" BEADED EVENING BAG !
And Exquisitely Made! Call
it a swinging VANITY BAG or PURSE or HANDBAG or EVENING
BAG…it has room enough for a make-up compact,
mirror, brush, “mad money”- (even a Cigarette
Case)-with room to spare.
drawstrings, with beaded ends, provide a 5” wide
opening which expands to 6” at its widest point
, and has a 9” depth…(Roomy enough to carry
a small Chihuahua!) Blue Satin lined, its full length,
including 8” beaded Strap, is about 17”.The
basic Color is COBALT (or BLUE) with an intricately-designed
series of patterns comprised entirely of tiny glass
Beads…red, orange, yellow, green, light blue,
black, purple, white, and dark blue. Which is why it
weighs 9 ounces! This Purse has been used, but with
loving care. The only wear I noticed is very slight
at the top (drawstring) edge of its satin lining.
condition is excellent! No tears, missing or loose beads
, scuff marks or flaws of any kind. It’s ready
to USE…or become YOUR Showcase Collectible! ID=BeadedPurse3
Antique 1920s Woman's Flapper Purse
era Flapper Purse in great collectable condition. It is
beaded with gold tone top and chain.The width of the opening
is 3" wide. The length of purse is 7" and full
length from top to bottom is 12". It looks like all
of the links of beads are intact. I could not find any
manufacture's mark. A beautiful little purse. ID=BeadedPurse4
Antique Celluloid Beautiful Beaded Floral Purse
is an antique Floral Beaded Purse with a celluloid top!
It is in very good condition! This purse opens and clasps
very well! Purse is about 10 ½” (down to
the bottom of the dangly) and about 7 ¼”
wide. There are no cracks or chips in the celluloid.
All beads seems to be here and accounted for! Overall
condition is very good! ID=BeadedPurse5
Vintage Scenic Beaded Purse - Made in Germany
Vintage Scenic Glass Beaded Purse - marked inside on
lining tag, Germany. Same decoration on both sides.
This large purse measures about 7 1/4" x 9 1/2"
not counting fringe or chain strap. Clasp works nicely.
I see no major damage to purse, just some very minor
wear to threads near top of fringe and a few very short
loose threads. Also, they are very hard to detect, but
I counted about 1 dozen missing beads, there may be
a few more, and one very small pull in beads and stitching
near bottom corner of design area inside border. Lining
is fresh, tight and secure with no tears. ID=BeadedPurse6
Vintage Beaded Purse. Lovely cobalt beads
is an antique beaded purse that I picked up from an auction
of an estate of a very old woman in Culpepper, Virginia.
This reticule is covered in thousands of beads in shades
of cobalt blue, pink, green, black, white, and even little
dabbles of aqua. To me, the pattern looks like rain drops
with a rose and leaf pattern in front of each drop. There
is minimal bead loss and the only minor flaw is that the
pull string is a bit tattered and uneven. One strand is
just hanging on. The black lining is perfectly intact
and in impeccable condition. A gorgeous addition to your
collection... the blues in this beauty are completely
Beaded Scenic Purse
got this purse from an estate sale, it is a steal beaded
purse from France. It has a lovely scene on both sides...(The
same scene on both sides) The catch is a little metal
button with a floral work that you push and the purse
opens,(works perfectly) the frame is a stunner with
beautiful metal work. It has a double row across the
top. One with a twisted vine with little leaves all
around the top of the purse, the second row goes across
just the top looks like berries and leaves....Dangling
from the center of the frame is a little charm with
a rhinestone in the center with lovely work on the front
and the back. The frame is the same front and back.
The purse itself has a scene with a house and a sun,
due to its age there is slight fading....The background
is kind of a plaid of gold and silver tone beading.
On the bottom are a row of dangling beads....When you
open the purse there is some loose stitching by the
hinges....It really is a beautiful purse for your collection...It
has a good weight to it. ID=BeadedPurse8
MICRO BEADED PURSE, CIRCA 1900
is an attractive antique micro beaded purse, circa 1900.
The front features a central medallion with lovely pink,
red & white roses bordered by a garland of violets
& leaves, all on a black glass beaded background.
The back of the purse & frame are covered in a black
silk-like material & the clasp is a frosted glass
ball. It measures 8 3/4" long (including clasp)
x 7 1/2" wide. Condition overall is very good with
only a few beads missing around the outer edge &
a little wear to the black fabric on the frame. The
inside liner is original and has no tears or stains.
the White Bead?
took me some time to find out the reason to this perplexing
question, and if you are a purse collector, you too may
have wondered why one finds the odd and occasional white
bead in an otherwise colorful purse.
the beader have made this colossal error, at a moment
when her mind slipped from her incredibly tedious work?
No, because the white bead occurs in roughly the same
place on the reverse side of the purse as well, which
adds more puzzlement to the mystery. Well, here is the
answer. The white bead is a signature of sorts. It indicates
that this purse was made for the retail market, usually
a department store, in this country. Making beaded purses
was a respectable way for a lady to make money, and the
store would typically arrange for the few ladies who produced
the bags to "sign" a purse with a single white
bead in a particular quadrant, thus identifying her to
the store for her due compensation, as the purse was sold.
If you don't find a white bead in a beaded bag, you can
assume that either the bag was made solely for the use
and enjoyment of its' maker, or that the bag is from a
European country, where even if the bag was made for the
tourist market, there was another type of arrangement,
perhaps outright purchase, between the beader and the
store which sold it.
Purses: At Their Best (Schiffer Book
by Lynell K. Schwartz
beautiful diversity of high-quality vintage purses is
presented through a friendly and informative text and
522 beautiful color photographs. Chosen from among the
leading private dealer and museum collections, these primarily
nineteenth and twentieth century purses are among the
finest glass-beaded metal, tapestry, embroidered, plastic,
and home-crafted examples known. The book includes histories
of the leading manufacturers such as Bliss, Napier, Whiting
& Davis and Mandalian along with catalogs, advertising,
trade, cards, and original drawings which anchor the purses
in their respective periods. This book will delight all
fashion enthusiasts. The price guide reflects the collectors'