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For your consideration is this delightful Art Deco purse between 1920 and 1930. It is unsigned. The frame is very ornate with a design of flowers embossed upon it. It has an oh-so Deco design executed in black and blue enamel upon the silver toned metal mesh. The design is reminiscent of Native American patterns, which were very fashionable around this time. It is in Very Good and very usable condition. It measures 4 inches wide and is 6 inches tall form the top of the clasp to the bottom of the fringe. There is some separation by the hinges, and the lining is original, though has been resewn and could probably do with a few more stitches (please see photos).
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A few notes on antique and vintage items and my experience with them:
I have been raised around antiques. My uncle was an auctioneer and dealer since long before I was born and, having no children of his own, took me on to pass down his personal legacy. He has been teaching me about the subtleties and details in which one can tell the genuine article from the fake and reproduced since I was a small child. Since 1996 I have been working hand in hand with him in our antique businesses.
Making vintage inspired jewelry has also given me a leg up in the world of antique jewelry as lately I have seen the field flooded with antique reproductions made with the SAME EXACT components I make my handmade jewelry with. Its unfortunate, but true. The more frightening aspect of this is that when I occasionally and respectfully point out to these dealers that they are selling a reproduction piece they tend to get extremely hostile. Because of this, I have been holding my tongue more and more, but still feel awful about the bum deal someone is going to get.
While I have extensive knowledge of antiques and collectibles, there is no way the human brain, even with the aid of every price guide in print, could know everything about everything. I describe my antiques to the best of my ability and reference multiple sources before making educated statements about a piece. I stand behind what I sell and if you find out that a piece is not as described I will happily offer you a refund.