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This item sold on August 15, 2012.

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This is a collector's piece dating from the 1920s. A small green suede purse/handbag with matching suede carry strap.

It is a small purse as many purses from this period are. Women typically carried little in their bags during this era, such as lipstick, powder and a small amount of cash.

The frame has a panel of what appears to be genuine tortoise shell attached. As you can see from pic 3, it has been removed from the other side, presumably as it is quite valuable. Tortoise shell was a material used in victorian times and regained popularity again in the 20s. It is now illegal to trade, quite rightly so, yet as this bag shows will remain a reluctant part of fashion history archives.

The inside is lined with a blue cotton fabric and has a very small side pocket.

This purse is showing age and does feel like an antique. There are flaws consumerate with age and use over time. These are:

General patchiness to suede in places, see close ups for this.
A black patch where suede seems to have been rubbed, near bottom left (pic 2)
The kiss clasp is very rusty, but works fine.
The reverse side has as mentioned, had the tortoise shell panel removed, leaving a patchy metal behind.
If you look at the back of the purse, you can see a square, this is from the inner pocket. As the material is thin and old it has left an impression. (see pic 3)

The purse is a part of history and it feels so dainty to hold. It's main appeal for me is feeling it and thinking of who once held it.

It measures approx: 7.5" across by 5" high. Depth is approx quarter of an inch.

Thanks for looking.

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RESERVED ITEM -1920s Vintage/Antique Green Suede Purse Handbag with Tortoise Shell Frame