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Vintage French Beaded Purse Formal Belt Bag, Dance Purse Art Nouveau Antique Evening Purse

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This exquisite vintage beaded purse, hand made in France, is a belt bag or dance purse, with a small loop on the back to free the woman's hands for dancing. It dates to around the 1920s or 1930s. The purse is made of an ivory material (satin?) and covered with small white and ivory glass beads, faux pearls, bronze colored metal beads, and embroidered flowers with rhinestones in the middle.

The purse closes with a metal snap. Inside is lined and has a small gathered pocket. A sewn in fabric tag on the inside says Hand Made, Made in France. There's also a stamped signature in gold, which is difficult to read, but it appears to say Made in France and a manufacturer's name, starting with a W.

This purse is in very good condition, especially given its ages. The loop in back has come unstitched at the bottom but can be easily repaired. It has probably a dozen metal beads missing along the edges there. The rest of the purse has very few beads missing. One of the prong-set rhinestones is missing from the back of the purse. The pearls show some wear. Inside is in very good condition, perhaps a little yellowed.

Size: 6 1/2 inches at the bottom x 4 1/2 inches deep (16.5 x 11.5 cm)

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Vintage French Beaded Purse Formal Belt Bag, Dance Purse Art Nouveau Antique Evening Purse


  • Vintage item
  • Materials: satin, glass beads, metal beads, faux pearls, embroidery, rhinestones
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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