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Stunning 1920s beaded pansy wrist purse

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This gorgeous little original 1920s Art Deco wrist purse is a rare gem and so.. so.. pretty. It was made in Belgium at the height of the flapper age.

The pansy shaped purse has been beautifully hand beaded with tiny glass seed beads in shades of purple, pink, mauve and yellow with irridescent dark gold metallic black bead detailing. There are lovely long looped beaded tassels along the lower edge that add great movement when the purse is worn on the wrist and there is a pink cord loop handle. Inside the purse is lined with mauve silk and there is a press stud closure near the top edge.

Condition is great given the age of this purse as it is complete with no missing beads that I can find. The cord handle has faded in colour I think but matches the pale pink beads on the body of the purse. The mauve silk lining is all original but is starting to shatter so is delicate. The press stud closure works well and is secure. One side of the purse is a lighter purple than the other which could be original as the other beads have not faded in colour on that side but also might be because the purple beads have a fugitive colour that reacts more strongly to light - thought it was worth mentioning but I don't find it detracts from the beauty of the purse.

The small size of this purse would make it perfect for weddings or parties but it would also make a fantastic display piece or addition to a vintage collection.

height of purse body including tassels 6 inches (152mm)
height of purse body 4.5 inches (115mm)
width of purse 3.75 inches (94mm)
length of handle 14 inches (355mm)

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Stunning 1920s beaded pansy wrist purse


  • Vintage item from the 1920s
  • Materials: silk, glass, seed beads, cord, metal
  • Ships worldwide from United Kingdom
  • Feedback: 313 reviews
  • Favorited by: 19 people