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Vintage Micro Beaded Knitted Purse, ca. 1920

Draw Closure Pouch Style Flapper Bag

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Vintage 1900 - 1920 beaded pouch style purse with draw closure and roses 

I am delighted to present this wonderful beaded handbag from the approximate 1910 - 1920 era. This lovely micro glass beaded pouch style bag is especially pretty with it's marvelous roses set against an antique ivory background. This is a hand knitted purse and exhibits a radiant array of colors to include pinks, ruby red, periwinkle blue, a variety of greens, lavender, bright golden yellow, cobalt blue and black.

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The creamy ivory background tone really pops these roses with life and depth. These beads are knit in vertical rows but some of the beads are knit at an angle, which gives the pattern dimension and a sense of realism, particularly the little snowflake flowers in the upper portion of the bag. This colorful creation is a very versatile beaded bag, in that, it will carry well to any formal occasion, yet will dress up your favorite designer jeans for an elegant night out at the dance club. This beaded beauty has been professionally cleaned and is in sparkling condition. There may be a few shadows in my photos that give the impression of darkening on the purse but this handbag is radiant and clean.


These 2 photos show the colors of the roses quite well and the close-up of the draw closer with an interesting addition, a little wooden beaded ball. The threaded beads on the ball were rather weak and fragile, so I passed a fresh thread through them, now they seem very secure and ready for your enjoyment. The little beaded ball is fixed in place on the draw closure and although you can see through the beads that the wood has darkened somewhat with age, it adds a nice touch to the purse. Another pleasant feature of this purse is that the beading goes to the very top of the bag, not like most reticules (draw string bags), where the beading is attached to a crocheted top. This feature helps to conceal the draw pull, as it is placed within a channel, between the lining and the purse.


I stuffed the purse with a sheet of tissue paper so you could get a feeling of how it might look with a hanky and a couple of accessories. You'll notice one tiny off color gray bead on the side, no doubt it's the signature bead. The interior maintains it's original ivory silky, satin lining and it is in excellent, undamaged condition, showing wee if any aging. Laying flat, this purse measures 8 inches from top to bottom and is 6 inches wide. My photos are good but they don't show the marvelous subtle sheen on this bag. This purse is in perfectly delightful condition, no missing beads, no snags, apparent stains or any other negative issues. The draw closure works properly and the purse is as sweet as they come. In the last photo, I tried to get the ivory background to show truer, it is a warm shade of ivory. I do believe you will enjoy carrying this early 1900's bag, it's more than just fun, it's an elegant wardrobe accessory.


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