So nearly a year ago I promised to piggyback my antique jewelry post with a look at some of my spiffy vintage beaded purses. Most of these purses came from my grandfather, the king of pawns and master of the Bay Area flea market. It’s also possible that one or two of them belonged to my great-aunt Alice.
But FIRST, my awesome silk shawl from the 1920s. This is the famous Shawlhead shawl, ifyouknowwhatImean.
Okay. So onto the purses. First up is a cute, cream-colored purse with machine embroidery and white beading. It has a sparkly clasp and metal chain, and looks to be from the 1960s. There’s no maker or shop mark on the lining to identify it…
And now, a pretty pink wristlet/coin purse with beaded petals! Light-colored, transparent beads are interspersed with pewter-colored metallic beads on this lovely Belgian creation. Looks like early sixties, or maybe even late fifties, to me.
Next, my pride and joy: a late-fifties-to-early-seventies beaded clutch in an orange-and-red checkerboard pattern. The lining tells me it’s from Saks Fifth Avenue. Swank! 😀
And finally, what looks to be a 1920s, or even teens, reticule. It’s possible that the fabric top, drawstring, and lining are replacement, but I can’t tell for sure.
And that’s it for now! There are other purses, but I felt they weren’t as interesting as these.
If all goes well, I’ll be taking the red/orange Saks clutch with me to the Greater Bay Area Costumers’ Guild “Mad Men” event on October 26. Hey, it fits the “Age of Optimism” fashion theme perfectly! 😀