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This antique beaded reticule purse is really superb, made of navy blue, yellow, green, and rose colored greasy beads (so-called because of their greasy appearance, not because they’re made of grease), with a design that looks to me like a spider on a web with a flower below it. The design is the same on both sides. It has a drawstring with a beaded ball on the side to cinch it all up, although it looks like someone did a repair on the inside that caught the string in the stitches so it’s not presently working properly. It’s lined with linen fabric that has a mirror sewn in on one side and a small pocket on the other.

Please note that I took the gallery and close-up pic of the beads in the sun so the beads appear much bluer; refer to the second pic for a more accurate representation of color. The third pic is very dark but does accurately represent the overall shape and drape of the purse.

The purse itself measures 7” x 5-1/4”; with the handle it’s 14” top to bottom.

Condition overall is really great—aside from the already mentioned drawstring caught in the repair stitches there are a few areas with missing beads (very few for a purse this age), you can see some errant threads that might need your attention, and the mirror has some dots of finish wear, but you can still see your image clearly in it. I wouldn’t consider any of this inconsistent with the age. It would be fantastic displayed but it’s very usable too, with the understanding it’s quite old so you wouldn’t want to be too rough with it.

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Antique Victorian Beaded Reticule Purse ca 1900 Greasy Beads T


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  • Vintage item from 1900 - 1909
  • Materials: fabric, mirror, glass seed beads
  • Only ships within United States.
  • Feedback: 312 reviews
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