Corsets and textiles
Hjem-Museum / Clothing and Accessories-Purses and handbags, sunglasses with box, glovers, belts and parasols-1840 - 1870 - Early Victorian-M293M VICTORIAN OR PRIOR BEADED & VELVET PURSE HANDSEWN

M293M VICTORIAN OR PRIOR BEADED & VELVET PURSE HANDSEWN

M293M VICTORIAN OR PRIOR BEADED & VELVET PURSE HANDSEWN.

I am calling this beautiful antique piece a purse or clutch? It is a lady's accessory and may be a glove holder? It should be in a museum.

 It measures 5 1/2" in width. It is 4" in height. I will describe it to the best of my ability.

It is hand-beaded. The top (which lifts up) is beaded around the edges and has three raised beaded flowers. The velvet has worn off. The front has an outside row of grey and clear metal beads. Beside the grey and metal beads is a turquoise beaded flower on one side of the oval center and a coral beaded flower on the other.

The center front is an oval of clear beads..with a clear flower center. The velvet I think was at one time mauve. The sides of the purse? are also heavily beaded in tan and coral beads with a clear flower center. The velvet has worn off completely on one side. The back of the item is the same as the front with worn mauve velvet. The lining seems to be a a polished linen.

The bottom edges of the item has clear round beads which cascade in hanging circles.

Condition* Side and back hanging beads on the underside are missing. The top does not sit perfectly level (a space on one side) where the item has bowed a little. Velvet gone in some areas..some staining to the inside. The handsewing is visible on the edges of the purse. What a labour of love this old item was.



 

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