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VINTAGE & ANTIQUE BEADED PURSES
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Floral Beaded Purse rosette Sweet Carpet Design Beaded Purse with Jeweled Frame New Listing!

I just love the colors in this darling little carpet design beaded purse ... the pinkish lilac on a cream background is a color rarely seen in carpet designs.  The color that looks brown in the photos is actually a plum purple.  All of the beadwork is in mint condition with no damage of any kind.  The frame has applied jewels in pink, lilac, and one gold ... there are two missing but not really noticeable.  It is lined inside with white silk and has a pretty braided trim.  All in all, the purse shows no signs of use at all ... it is in great shape.   Measures 5" wide at frame, 6-1/2" wide at bottom, x 9" long from clasp to fringe.

First time offered!

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$550 including s/h*

#18208

SOLD

Figural Beaded Purse rosette Beautiful French Steel-Beaded Purse with Show-Stopper Jeweled Frame AND Handle

Here is a really gorgeous blue French steel-beaded purse in a deep blue color with gold and silver accent beads. But the stunning part of this purse is its show-stopper drop-dead-gorgeous jeweled frame AND handle.  The frame has sapphire blue jewels in large and small sizes with mother-of-pearl tiny jewels sprinkled amongst them and a large square filigreed clasp.  The handle has beautiful blue glass beads with filigreed end caps and white tubes inside which make them look like catseyes or stars.  The handle and frame alone on this purse are worth the price!  The purse is in impeccable perfect condition with no missing beads or splits or damage of any kind (there were a few on the back which I had professionally restored so it is now like new). There is one tiny blue jewel missing on the right upper corner which I may be able to replace but can't promise.*  Lining is still inside but has several splits due to age.  Purse measures 4-3/4" wide at the frame, 5-3/4" wide at bottom, x 9" long from top of clasp to bottom of fringe.  Jeweled handle adds another 9+ inches to height.

First time offered!

*Jewel is replaced ... please see photos.

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$725 including s/h*

#1027

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Figural Beaded Purse rosette Gorgeous Figural Venetian Scene French Steel-Beaded Purse with Spectacular Jeweled Frame

This very pretty steel-beaded purse  with a Venetian scene featuring a gondola with gondolier and two persons on shore waiting to embark ... a man and a woman and the man is holding a mandolin.  The back side of the purse features the same scene in mirror image.  The background of the purse is a lovely deep teal blue shade and the colors are all quite good. The gondola is gold and the people are dressed in purples and reds and other colors.  There is no rust on any of the beads or any wear of note.  This lovely purse is topped off with a spectacular jeweled frame with red, blue and green cabochon jewels and a large pyramid shaped clasp ... fantastic!  The fringe is simply done in interlocking twisted loops in colors from the purse.  Interior is lined in a pretty red silk.  Excellent condition throughout ... areas under hinges have been reinforced but nothing obvious. Purse measures 6-1/2" wide at the frame x 10-3/4" long from top of clasp to bottom of fringe.

First time offered!

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$799 including s/h*

#1019

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Floral Beaded Purse rosette Super LARGE Floral Beaded Purse with Show-Stopper Jeweled Frame -- Magnifiqué !

I'm not usually one to go for florals any more but this one was in such exceptional condition and the frame was out of this world ... with the exception of some broken fringes which I had repaired, this purse was pretty much in mint condition.  Purchased from a private party, I don't believe it was ever used.  It is one of the largest purses I have ever owned ... it measures a full 8" wide across the frame and is a smidge under 14" long from the stellar clasp to the bottom of the tightly interlocking twisted fringe.  The body of the purse is a cream ecru shade and the fowers are vivid shades of yellow, red, pink, purple and gold.  With its bright green leaves it is a botanical delight!  Both sides are identical.  Now for that fabulous frame:  both corners feature a large malachie cabochon and bezel set sapphires and topaz stones.  The pendant also has a malachite jewel as well as a sapphire and ruby.  And that large crown clasp features a HUGE malachite cabochon that measures 1-1/8" wide x 7/8" high.  The gem is surrounded by sapphires and rubies set in a filigree surround.  Overall the clasp measures 1-1/2" wide x 1-3/8" high.  The original lining has two ruched pockets and is intact except for some splits due to age which I prefer to leave as is for the sake of originality. 

First time offered!

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$725 including s/h*

#18121

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Figural Beaded Purse rosette Gorgeous Figural French Steel-Beaded "Sleeping Shepherdess" Purse with Fabulous Jeweled Frame and Original Tag

This is such a pretty steel-beaded purse with very good color to the beads.  It depicts a famous painting done by Francois Boucher circa 1750 entitled¬†"The Sleeping Shepherdess".  The purse design is the same on the back but is a mirror image of the front (shepherd is on the right).  The colors are so much more vibrant than te photos show (this is a problem with all steel-beaded purses unfortunately ... they never photograph as beautiful as they are in person).  The blues and pinks literally sparkle and the lattice fringe is gorgeous as well.  The interior is lined in silk with French silk ribbon roses around the edge. The frame on this one is to die for ... it has enameled daisies with sapphire jeweled centers and a HUGE malachite cabochon jeweled clasp.  There is a ruby cabochon beneath that in the center and a matching malachite jeweled pendant as well.  The original tag is still on the chainlink handle. Everything about this purse is in impeccable condition and the only thing anywhere that needs to be mentioned is a wee bit of enamel missing on two of the daisies and a spot of solder on the gold around the large center clasp jewel (both visible in pics).  Purse measures a bit over 6" across at the frame x 11-3/4" long to bottom of longest fringe including the 1-3/8" high jeweled clasp.

First time offered!

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$995 including s/h*

#17093

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Floral Beaded Purse rosette Large Tulips and Blue Forget-me-Nots Micro-Beaded Purse with Ornate Lattice Fringe and Jeweled Enameled Frame

This is a very pretty jet micro-beaded purse with brightly colored tulips and blue forget-me-nots scattered against the dark background.  The bottom corners are done in a diagonal contrasting gold background with makes the purse almost appear to have a tapered bottom.  The fringe is a stunning latticework with multiple color changes in the tiny loop-tipped fringes that pick up the colors from the purse.  All of this is topped off with a very pretty stilvertone jeweled frame with an enameled vignette in the center in blue floral design.  The back of the purse has the same exact design. The interior is lined in original blue moire silk.  Purse is in excellent condition with no noticeable bead loss or repairs to my eyes.  Large size measures 7-1/2" across x 13" long.

First time offered!

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$725 including s/h*

#18155

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Floral Beaded Purse rosette Unique Carpet Design Beaded Purse with Openwork Jeweled Frame

Unique colors make this a rather rare beaded purse ... the center orange beads almost look like a butterfly.  Green vines with red-orange flowers radiate outward from this central design and there is a cross in blues with brown borders behind it.  Around the perimeter is a border in brown with the little red-orange flowers spaced along it.  The background is done in clear beads on a beige thread and the fringe is finished in clear beads with red-orange accents.  The frame is a bright gold color with an openwork raised clasp surround studded with emerald jewels and two jade rectangle cabochons.  Original lining is still intact with a few vertical splits that are hard to even see.  There are two ruched pockets and the original beveled mirror is also still inside although it is streaked and not that clear.   Excellent condition overall with no apologies.  Measures 6-3/4" across x 10-3/4" long.

First time offered!

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$550 including s/h*

#18156

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Carpet Design Beaded Purse rosette Pretty Blue Forget-me-Nots Carpet Design Beaded Purse with Gorgeous Enameled Frame

Here we have a truly beautiful micro-beaded purse with a beautiful enameled frame that has a matching pendant drop.  Made in Germany, this carpet design boasts little squares of cornflower blue Forget-me-Nots interspersed between tan geometric designs.  It almost gives it the appearance of a latticework trellis with the flowers peeping through. Tiny interlocking looped fringe on bottom finishes it off.  Interior is lined in original beige silk with original label, tiny ruched pocket, and original ruched mirror (silvering is pretty well shot).  There is one split in the lining right at the top of the purse, otherwise it is excellent.  I see no bead loss or repairs anywhere on the purse body. Entire purse is in excellent condition with no apologies on the outside at all!  Measures 5-3/4" wide x 10" long.

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$875 including s/h*

#8831

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Floral Beaded Purse rosette Floral Art Deco Beaded Purse with Ornate Jeweled Frame

Here is another beautiful beaded purse I have had in my collection for many years (since 2006!).  It has a very unusual design in that it has a floral band in the center but there are bands above and below this that have circles and dots reminiscent of Art Deco designs.  The purse is gathered at the top so that it is much wider at the base.  The frame is one of the nicest I have had with dozens of jewels and seed pearls scattered throughout and topped with a fantastic stand-up jeweled clasp.  The colors in the frame are amethyst, topaz and ruby and have large malachite cabochons (4 to be exact).  The interior is lined in a pale rose gold silk in perfect condition with a beautiful wire braided trim.  The fringe is done in clear beads like the background of the purse.  Upon close inspection there are two very small, very early repairs that are almost impossible to notice.  I have included close-ups of each on the photos.   Other than those, it is perfect!  Measures 6-1/2" wide at frame x 8-3/4" wide at bottom x 12" long overall.

First time offered! (Click on pic for more photos.)

$799 including s/h*

#13638

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Scenic Beaded Purse rosette Scenic Mill Village Beaded Purse with Jeweled Frame

I have had this adorable scenic mill reticule beaded purse for many years awaiting the perfect frame for it and finally came upon this one so I had it added to the purse.  I think it sets it off perfectly! The apple green fringe is also newly added in the exact shade of green and the same beads as in the body of the purse, again picking up the colors of the purse and the frame perfectly.  The back of the purse has the same scene.  Interior is lined and is in excellent condition.  As for the purse, there are some very minor early repairs that were professionally made in the brown background that are exceptionally well done.  Here and there scattered throughout are single beads missing but it appears this was intentional in the design to give contrast.  The only other things worth mentioning are the frame ... the one jewel on the clasp has a very teeny flake that you can feel rather than see as it is so small.  There are 48 jewels in the frame and 2 in the clasp with 3 teeny seed pearls missing.  And the frame is slightly askew when looking from the back (see photos).  The clasp does not snap tightly but when hanging, it stays together fine.  All of these are taken into consideration with pricing.   Measures 6" wide at frame x 7" wide at bottom x 10-1/2" long overall.

First time offered! (Click on pic for more photos.)

$799 including s/h*

#9306

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French Steel-Beaded Purse rosette French Steel-Beaded Purse with Winged Griffin Jeweled Frame

This is a very pretty little French steel-beaded purse in a geometric design with pale blue heart at the top under the drop pendant.  The colors of the beads are darkened with age but there are still subtle colors visible - pink, red, blue, bronze and silver.  The colors are more visible in person than they are in the photos as is so often the case with steel beads ... the silver beads especially sparkle!  It is topped off with a beautiful jeweled frame in brightly colored stones in blue and red and the handle is held in place by two open-mouthed winged griffins.  The interior is lined in original mint green silk.  Conditiion is very good overall ... the only thing worth mentioning is about 1/4" area right beneat the left hinge where a few rows have slightly come apart but you have to know it is there to even see it.   Measures 5-5/8" wide at frame x9-1/2" long overall.

First time offered! (Click on pic for more photos.)

$599 including s/h*

#6509

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Floral Beaded Purse rosette Floral Beaded Purse with Gorgeous Enameled Frame and Lapis Jeweled Clasp

This beautiful floral micro-beaded purse is so elegant ... the colors are very pretty on a cream colored background.  I love the blue designs and the full bloom roses in the corners!  The frame is exquisitely done in a cobalt blue enamel with raised gold designs.  There are 3 fan shaped decorations with alternating blue and white enameling.  The kiss clasp is topped with two large lapis jewels.  Inside the purse has a lining which I believe is an older replacement probably done when there were some professional repairs to the beadwork (very well done and really not noticeable).  The bead are so very tiny and if you look closely, there are scattered missing beads here and there throughout the purse but only single ones here and there and none in an area that would be noticed unless looking very very closely.  Overall it is in fabulous condition and sturdy enough to be used if one wanted to do that.    Measures 6-1/4" wide at frame x 8" wide across the bottom x 10-3/4" long.

First time offered! (Click on pic for more photos.)

$599 including s/h*

#15255

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Scenic Beaded Purse rosette Scenic Castle on Lake with Sailboat Micro-Beaded Purse with Ruby Jeweled Clasp Made in Germany

This is a charming micro-beaded purse featuring a castle on a lake with a sailboat in the foreground.  The colors are bright and vibrant and the detail is extraordinary.  Both sides of the purse, as well as the frame, are identical so there isn't technically a front or back.  The "kiss" clasp has two ruby jewels set into it which reflects the light with a bright red glow.  The purse is unlined.  Frame is marked "Made in Germany" and is nicely embossed on both sides.  This purse is in excellent condition with no repairs of any kind.  Measures 5-1/2" wide at frame x 7-3/8" long overall.

First time offered! (Click on pic for more photos.)

$699 including s/h*

#13651

Carpet Design Beaded Purse rosette Carpet Design Steel-cut Beaded Purse in Rich Cobalt Blue and Bright Gold Colors

This beautiful carpet design purse is done in stunning rich cobalt blue and bright gold colors that are set off on the silver background to perfection.  The colors on the beads are bright and vibrant and not worn or rusted at all.  The rass with an elongated wreath drop pendant pull.  The fringe is tightly twisted strands in the 3 main colors of the purse.  There are two strands missing on the lower left side but not too bad aesthetically.  Both sides of the purse are identical.  The interior lining is long gone but the ribbon rose trim is still there.  There is also a mirror inside the purse in a silk pocket which is attached with a chain to the frame.  The mirror has a pocket inside for cards or money.  The beadwork is all intact with no loose, missing, or repaired beads.  It is in excellent condition!   Measures 6-1/2" wide at frame x 10" long to bottom of fringe.

First time offered! (Click on pic for more photos.)

$399 including s/h*

#18130

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Beaded Purse with Jeweled Frame rosette Lovely Cobalt Iridescent Beaded Purse with Ornate Jeweled Frame

This is a lovey beaded purse with a beautifully shaped ornate jeweled frame.  The beads are iridescent carnival glass in a rich cobalt color which reflects the light.  It is a sturdily built purse in great condition that could be used without worry.  The purse is lined and is in excellent condition.  The long beaded fringe is reminiscent of flapper era purses and is all intact although spacing shows that a strand or two may be missing but it does not take away from the beauty of the purse.  All original and all in good condition with no damage in the beadwork that I can find.   Frame alone is worth the asking price ...   Measures 6-1/4" wide x 13" long!

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$350 including s/h*

#17651

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Beaded Purse with Jeweled Frame rosette Abstract Deco Design Beaded Purse with Fancy Jeweled Frame

This is a fun beaded purse in abstract deco design.  It is a sturdily built purse in great condition that could be used without worry.  The black glass beads in the background sparkle like jewels and the designs stand out much more in person than in the photos.  My favorite part is the cool drink at the bottom with the melon slice behind it.  Frame is enameled and jeweled but missing the two corner stones.  Interior is lined in black silk.  All original and all in good condition with no damage in the beadwork that I can find.  Measures 7-1/2" at bottom x 8-1/2" long.   Frame alone is worth the asking price ...

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$295 including s/h*

#12884

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Floral Beaded Purse with Jeweled Frame rosette Floral Beaded Purse with Vibrant Fringe and Gorgeous Blue & White Jeweled Frame

This is an outstanding beaded purse with beautiful bright colors that are all picked up in the lavish double latticework fringe.  The frame is just spectacular ... you can't see it from the photo, but the filigree is raised up and the tiny white pearls and blue sapphires are on the top of the filigree.    There is one corner stone missing and one small blue stone missing.  The clasp also has two cabochon sapphire jewels.  The beaded design on the back is identical to the front but the frame is only jeweled on the front side.  Interior retains its original lining in beige silk in excellent condition with a tiny ruched pocket and braided trim.  Overall, this entire purse is in excellent condition with only a bead or two missing here or there on the body of the purse (I can't really say for sure that they are missing due to the nature of this type of beadwork ... there are no obvious bare spots but sometimes near the edge, there is a little space between beads where the fabric of the purse bends).  This is a large purse measuring 8" wide x 14" long to bottom of fringe.

Previously listed at $1,599. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$850 including s/h*

#12703

Figural Beaded Purse with Jeweled Frame rosette Figural Peacock Beaded Purse with DOUBLE Jeweled Frame & Spectacular Lattice Fringe

Here we have another version of the peacock purse ... all done in sparkly black beaded background with brightly colored golds, blues, greens and pinks making up the peacock.  The purse is topped with a fabulous jeweled frame ... called Double because both the front and back are jeweled ... 16 jewels in all.  Bottom of purse is finished in a delightful lattice fringe in colors to match the purse.  Interior is lined in pale pink silk with blue French ribbon trim.  Overall in excellent condition with no problems that I can find.   Measures 6-1/4" wide at frame x almost 13" long to bottom of fringe.

Previously listed at $1,850. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$950 including s/h*

#13830

Figural Butterfly Beaded Purse rosette Micro-Beaded Figural Butterfly w/ Flowers in Jeweled Frame - MINT Condition Throughout!

This stunning beaded purse is about as perfect as they come.  Beautiful brightly colored scene of a butterfly flitting amongst a ring of blossoms in every color of the rainbow ... blue, orange, purple, yellow, pink, green, and gold (same design on back).  The fringe is done in beige to match the background of the purse and each fringe is tipped in alternating blue and deep purple.  The filigreed jeweled frame is beautiful with facet-cut faux stones of ruby and sapphire.  Interior is lined in taupe silk in perfect condition.  This love purse measures 6" wide  at frame x 11" long to bottom of fringe.

Previously listed at $1,200. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$850 including s/h*

#10334

Figural Beaded Purse rosette Figural Unicorn French Steel-Beaded Purse

Don't you just love unicorns?  I sure do!  And you rarely see them on beaded purses.  This one is a French steel-beaded purse with excellent rich color ... a bright burnt orange shade with a gold unicorn in a reared-up position on both front and back.  The top and bottom are bordered in silver with black designs.  But just look at that fringe!  Beaded balls tassels spaced between vandyke style points ... WOW!  Just a truly unique finish to a bag and this entire purse is one I have never run across before.  The frame is richly filigreed on both sides with a snap closure.  Interior is finished in original old silk with ruched pocket, original beveled mirror in great condition, and bright floral trim.  The mirror is in great shape as well ... scan makes it look cloudy, but it is not.  This is such a unique beaded purse and certainly an earlier design ... my estimation is late 1800's.  Both sides are identical, so there is no front or back.  Excellent condition throughout ... no bead loss or damage to beads anywhere.  Measures approximately 5 " wide at frame, 6 " wide at bottom x almost 10" long to bottom of fringe.

Previously listed at $1,295. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$925 including s/h*

#13605

Figural Beaded Purse rosette RARE Figural Brightly Colored Steel-Bead Purse with Egyptian Figure

WOW!  What a rare find!  A cut steel beaded purse in VERY bright colors (much brighter than scan) depicting an Egyptian figure.  This little purse is in exceedingly fine condition with no bead loss.  The interior is lined in dark blue which appears to be a later replacement.  Fringe is multi-colored and intricately intertwined.  This is a really beautiful purse and is very striking in person.  The beads sparkle and the colors are bright and vivid.  Measures 4" wide x 7" long and includes double chain handle.

Previously listed at $1,299. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$825 including s/h*

#8299

Scenic Beaded Purse rosette Scenic Village with Old Mill Over Water Micro-Beaded Purse with Fancy Enameled Frame

This is an adorable beaded purse picturing a rustic village scene with an old mill built over the water ... the wheel can be seen along the left side behind the trees.  The same scene is on both sides.  Beautiful embossed gold frame has enameled white flowers on the front ... back is same without enameling.  There are two full-bodied swans holding the chainlink handle.  Nice interlocking fringe finishes off the bottom.  There are a few missing beads scattered throughout but nothing that distracts or isn oticeable in the design.  It is really a lovely purse.  Interior is lined in beige silk which is shattering with age.  Measures 5-1/2" wide at frame x 9-1-/2" long to bottom of fringe.

Previously listed at $1,295. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$795 including s/h*

#12745

Scenic Castle Beaded Purse with Jeweled Frame rosette Scenic Castle w/ Moat and Bridge and Ornate Jeweled Frame - MINT Condition!

Everything about this outstanding teeny-glass beaded (over 500 psi) scenic castle purse is MINT!  There is not a bead missing and the original lining still retains its original round mirror with ruching all around.  The ornate gold frame is set with 8 coral pink stones, and the pendant catch is a little paddle fan!  There are garlands of roses across the top and framing the scene at the bottom.  Original intertwined twisted loop beaded fringe is tipped in green and all perfect.  Scene is the same on both sides; jewels on frame are only on front but the back has an ornately embossed design.  A top-of-the-line purse to enhance even the most advanced collection! Measures 5-1/2" wide at frame x 11" long to bottom of fringe.

Previously listed at $1,495. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$950 including s/h*

#7089

Figural Beaded Purse rosette Figural Beaded Reticule from the 1800's Featuring Hunter with Dogs and Stag

This is one of the finest beaded reticules dating from the mid-1800's that I have ever had. Usually these purses have deteriorated to the point where there are holes and bead loss due to dry rot ... this one was obviously cherished and meticulously cared for over the years and is about as close to perfect as I've ever seen. Upon close inspection, I can only find two single beads missing right above the man's head (you can see them in pics). There is one very old tiny repair right along the collar on the top back left. Ane one strand of beads missing in the fringe. Other than that, it's great. The scene continues around the purse from front to back and depicts a hunter loading his rifle, two dogs watching him, and a large stag with huge antlers looking on as if to challenge him. Bottom of purse is done in panels of roses with blue borders dividing them and a beaded ball tassel fringe. Crocheted collar is in excellent condition as is the original green lining. This is about as good as you will find with a purse of this age! Measures approximately 6 " wide x 9" long overall (not counting handle).

Previously listed at $1,250. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$899 including s/h*

#12750

Scenic with Jeweled Frame rosette Scenic Sailboat Micro-beaded Purse with DOUBLE Jeweled Frame

If you love sailing (or even if you don't), this purse is one you will adore. I just love the way the tranquil scene of two sailboats on the bay with seaside villages on either side is surrounded by a garland of brightly colored flower and an overhanging branch ... gives it a slight oriental flair and is just so pretty. And the way the blue sky and clouds drift across the top and are picked up by the colors of the jewels in the frame ... it is just exquisite. The frame is filigreed and set with alternating faux ruby and jade stones and -- the BEST part -- the frame is jeweled on the BACK as well! So both sides are identical. Finished in intertwined looped beaded fringe in colors from the purse and original lining is in excellent condition. In fact, entire purse is in excellent condition with no damage apparent to me anywhere. This is a knitted purse and it is just a beauty! Measures almost 6 " wide x 9" long overall (not counting handle).

Previously listed at $1,250. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$850 including s/h*

#8941

Scenic Beaded Purse rosette Continuous! Double Scenic Figural Beaded Reticule - People, Animals, Birds, Houses ...

What more could you want?? Just look at the detail in this wonderful early beaded purse!  Done in the 1800's, as is typical of this type of reticule, there are two completely separate sections with different designs.  The bottom section depicts a house and tower with trees.  The center section, which usually has flowers, has a very detailed scene picturing a man with a gun or fishing rod in hand, a large animal (cow??) and a peacock on the sidewalk approaching the barn.  Then there is a lake or ocean with a steepled church on an island. Usually made with two pieces, the front and back, this one is all one piece and the scene wraps around and repeats continuously on the back.  The fringe is all done in crystal beads to match the background of the purse, and the collar is a Williamsburg blue silk with matching drawcord.  The purse is lined in the same fabric, with hand stitching self-evident.  It is in excellent condition with a few early, well done minute repairs!  Measures 5-1/4" wide x 8-1/2" long.

Previously listed at $1,299 ... now listed at my cost. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$699 including s/h*

#7228

Scenic Beaded Purse rosette 1800's Scenic Beaded Reticule Style Purse with Old Mill

This is an extremely fine condition 1800's tiny-glass-beaded purse with the same scene on both sides. Usually these are found with a town scene on the bottom and a floral band in the center; this one has a village scene on the bottom and an old mill by a river with a bridge in the center. The colors are rich and bright with a deep ruby shade as the background on the bottom and across the top in a thin stripe. There are bright gold beads sprinkled throughout that sparkle wonderfully. The top and ribbon pull cord are done in brown silk which appears to be original to the bag, and the interior is lined in ecru cotton which also appears original.  Bottom fringe is all intact. There is only one almost invisible (less than 1/32") repair near top edge, other than that every thing is perfect!  Measures 5-1/2" wide x 10" long.  A wonderful piece of our American heritage!

Previously listed at $1,099. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$599 including s/h*

#5969

Scenic Castle Beaded Purse rosette Scenic Castle Beaded Purse with Jeweled Frame

Tranquil scenic purse depicting a winding road, a clustered village, and alpine trees.  Off in the distance, atop a high mountain, can be seen a lavender silhouette of a castle whose towers rise up into the clouds.   The bottom fourth of the purse has a border of flowers on a zigzag white fence.  Frame has 8 jewels which are a little off center but this is the way it was made.  Lining has been redone and is in great condition with black braided trim.  Finished off at the bottom with lovely intricate latticework fringe in colors from the purse.  Measures 7" wide x 10" long to bottom of fringe.

Previously listed at $995. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$795 including s/h*

#7876B

Blue Steel-Beaded Purse rosette Knockout Royal Blue Steel-Beaded Purse with Lattice Fringe

French steel-beaded purses are so hard to find with good color that I have to buy them when I see them.  This one came from an estate in Ohio and is beautifully done in royal blue beads (much prettier color than the scan shows) accented with sparkly silver and gold.  Lots of intricate work that reminds you of an oriental carpet design although this is not exactly one of those.  What I'm trying to say is that it is truly exquisite.  The bottom fringe is all latticed with long loop-tip fringes below that.  Beadwork is perfect to my eyes except for two missing long fringes and one that has dropped down a bit ... really not too noticeable at all.  Interior lining has shredded but still has tiny change purse ... should be relined if you plan to use.   Measures 6-1/2" wide  at frame, 8" wide across body, and 11-1/2" long to bottom of fringe.

Previously listed at $699. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$525 including s/h*

#9722

Carpet Design Beaded Purse rosette Gorgeous Carpet Design Microbeaded Purse in Pastel Shades

This is one of my very favorite carpet design beaded purses.  Teeny little beads in the prettiest pastel colors of lavender, pink, aqua, yellow and purple on a pretty cream colored background.  Topped with an embossed gold tone frame and finished at the bottom with tightly interwoven twisted looped fringe in matching colors of the purse.  Interior has original lining in pretty good shape ... there is a round attached beveled mirror in usable condition and an inside pocket for change.  There are two splits in the lining that could be easily repaired as the rest of it is in great shape.  There is no damage to the body of the purse but if you look with a loupe, you can see scattered areas where there are no beads ... it appears this is the way it was made to give the purse slight variances in depth as they are all in the yellow areas and there are no holes or obvious wear (visible in close-up pic).  I know that many purses were designed like this intentionally and I believe that is the case with this.  Again, you would never notice it with the naked eye as the beads are literally smaller than a grain of sand.  There is a very faint spot on the back near the frame that I believe came from oxidation on the frame itself.  I have not yet tried to clean this but I believe it can be cleaned (visible on back picture).  All in all, this is a really great purse in nearly perfect condition!  Measures 6" wide x 9" long to bottom of fringe.

Previously listed at $950. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$799 including s/h*

#12486

Beaded Purse rosette French Steel-Beaded Purse in Rare Aqua Color

As is always the case with steel-beaded purses, they just never scan well for photos.  You can rest assured that this purse is a knock-out in person!  The colors are all very bright and pretty ... gold and bronze beads on an aqua blue background ... and the colors carry down into the fringe.  The beads literally sparkle and shimmer in person and the scan just doesn't reflect that at all.  The frame is a silver metal with some tarnishing (I haven't tried to clean it) and it's the same on both sides ... lots of pretty filigree work.  The bottom of the purse has a nice stepped shape which really stands out.  Lined in original pale blue silk with aqua French ribbon floral tirm.  Excellent condition throughout.  Measures 6-1/4" wide x 11" long to bottom of fringe.

Previously listed at $650. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$499 including s/h*

#13584

Figural Beaded Purse rosette Aluminum-Beaded Figural Purse - 1942 Tickets Inside!

As I have mentioned elsewhere on these pages, French steel-beaded purses are hard to find with good color left.  Even more rare are aluminum beaded purses with good color ... and this is a perfect example.  Furthermore, it is a figural which is almost unheard-of in metal beaded purses of any kind.  This one is in mint condition and has beautiful colors set on a silvery background.  Fringe is done in green, silver, and cranberry to pick up the colors of the purse.  Inside is lined in moire' satin with snap-out oval beveled mirror.  Found inside the pocket were two half ticket stubs from the Locust Theatre in Philadelphia dated 1942.  How fun!  Frame is either sterling or silverplate as it is tarnished in places but very elegant in its simplicity.   Entire purse is in perfect condition! Measures 7" wide  at frame x 13" long to bottom of fringe.

Previously listed at $950. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$650 including s/h*

#10009

Scenic Beaded Purse rosette Scenic Micro-Beaded Purse with Figural Mythological Clasp ~ Made in France ~

This is a wonderful scenic beaded purse featuring a house (or possibly two houses as roofs are different colors?) with trees and grass with sidewalk.  Lovely bright colors with multi-colored tightly intertwined fringe matching the purse.  Note the figural clasp done in some type of mythological animal ... very detailed and nice.  Frame is marked "Made in France" in two places inside and appears to be some type of silver as it does tarnish but is not marked sterling that I can see.  Interior is lined in pale pink with darker pink border.  Overall the purse is in very good condition with a few teeny little holes near the frame edge (one on the front and three on the back).  These could be tack-sewn but I am selling it as is since it is not detrimental to the beauty of the purse ... in fact, the one on the front is barely visible. Measures approximately 6-1/'4" wide x 11" long overall.

Previously listed at $975. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$675 including s/h*

#11244

Scenic Beaded Purse rosette Scenic Castle Beaded Reticule

This is one of my very favorite purses ... I am partial to these earlier scenic castles with the crocheted collars and particularly one with blue trim as this one has.  From a local collector, it is just stunning.  It dates from the 1800's and is done in the tiniest of microbeads.  The scene is the same on both sides and the top and bottom are bordered in large, lush pink roses.  The interior is lined in pale blue silk and the fringe is a dark mauve to match the beadwork at the bottom of the purse.  It is truly gorgeous and is in excellent condition overall with only a few very tiny older repairs done right at the top edge where the crocheting meets the beadwork .. does not extend into the design at all.  It is really an exquisite little piece!  Measures 6-1/2" wide x 11-1/4" long to bottom of fringe.

Previously listed at $795. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$625 including s/h*

#15254

Carpet Design Beaded Purse rosette Carpet Design Beaded Purse with Gorgeous Winged Griffins on Frame

This beaded purse is rather interesting in that it has a frame unlike any I have run across.  Not so much the figural winged griffins (four altogether), but the way the purse closes.  There is a little flip-over clasp that holds it closed.  There was a pendant pull at one time but is long gone.  Interior of purse retains its original silk lining with pretty French silk ribbon roses ... all original and lining is split in several places but still intact.  Fringe is all original and in great shape with no damage.  There is one early repair area just beneath the hinge on back side (visible in first pic above).  Other than that, purse is in great shape and very pretty.  Frame is unmarked but tarnishes like silver.  Measures 7-1/2" wide at frame and wider across bottom x almost 12" long to bottom of fringe.

Previously listed at $795. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$595 including s/h*

#15251

French Beaded Purse rosette French Steel-Beaded Purse with Jeweled Frame and Venetian Bead Handle

This is a very pretty steel-beded purse made in France.  It has a stunning frame with square and round jewels set in a cascading 3-dimensional flowering vine mounted on a filigreed back.  The drop pendant even has a little sapphire jewel.  There are two full-bodied swans holding the chainlink handle which is enhanced with two gorgeous hand-painted enameled Venetian beads.  There is a bit of verdigris on the frame which I have not tried to clean as many people want this left in original condition.  The beadwork on the bag is in excellent condition with only a few rows of separation right at the ihinge that only extend about 1/2" left to right ... not bad at all and not really noticeable until you look for it.  Some of the silver may be worn off the design on the purse but it's really hard to say for sure as it is only in the decorative elements and not on the background color, so I'm lead to believe this might actually be a different color altogether (like a darker gray).  The bronze, copper and silver colors are all bright and perfect.  The interior lining is original and has begun to shatter on the one side but is 90% intact.  There are two ruched pockets inside as well as the original label "Made in France".   Measures 6-1/2" wide x nearly 10-1/2" long. The frame alone is worth the price!

Previously listed at $499. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$399 including s/h*

#11167

Carpet Design Beaded Purse rosette Carpet Design Micro-Beaded Reticule - MINT Condition!

Here we have a real showstopper!  A micro-beaded carpet design reticule style purse in lovely soft colors tiny as grains of sand.  This lovely purse is in MINT condition and still retains its moire' silk lining and drawcord.  Ooh la la!  If you like knitted reticule purses in pastel colors (which I do), they don't get much better than this! Measures 5-1/2" wide x 8" long to bottom of fringe.

Previously listed at $995 ... now offered below my cost! (Click on pic for more photos.)

$499 including s/h*

#14153

Floral Beaded Purse rosette Gorgeous Stylized Floral & Butterflies Beaded Purse with Jeweled & Enameled Frame

This is truly one of the most stunning stylized beaded purse I have ever owned depicting bright, vivid flowers with butterflies hovering over each one.   The colors stand out even moreso because of the snowy white background.   The design almost has an art nouveau feel to it, so I would date it to the 20's.  Beautiful jeweled and enameled frame complements the purse perfectly.  Interior is newly relined with pink braided trim.  Colors in the purse are white, greens, orange, brown, pink, red, yellow and black.  The beautiful twisted intertwined fringe picks up the colors of the purse.  It is in impeccable condition withno damage or bead loss anywhere that I can see.  And note the large red cabochon jeweled clasp!  Voile'!  This is one that I just might decide to keep for my personal collection, so if you like it, better grab it quick!  ;-)  Measures a full 8" wide x 11-1/2" long to bottom of fringe.

Previously listed at $995. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$725 including s/h*

#13606

Carpet Design Beaded Purse rosette Stunning Carpet Design Beaded Purse in Jeweltone Colors with Matching Jeweled Frame

Here we have a very pretty carpet design beaded purse done in jeweltone colors with a beautiful matching enameled and jeweled frame.  The colors are straight out of a crayon box in their vibrancy and trueness to shade.  The frame is a patinated silver with blue and red enameled decorations on the corners and blue, red, and green enameled decoration in the center.  There is a topaz jewel in the middle and a green and blue jewel on either side.  Interior is lined in deep blue silk with braided trim.  Fringe is intertwined long loops in black and gold that matches the border around the center design.  Chain handle has little flowers connected by rings ... very pretty.  Overall in excellent condtiion.  Nice larger size ... measures 7-3/4" wide x a bit over 12" long to bottom of fringe.

Previously listed at $950. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$650 including s/h*

#9026

Floral Beaded Purse rosette Gorgeous Blue Floral Beaded Reticule from New York State Private Collection

This purse comes from a collection I purchased from a town near Rochester, New York.  These purses had belonged to the owner's grandmother and two were dated before 1894.  The others were believed to be from around 1900 and this is one of the purses from the collection.   Done in small size glass beads mostly in shades of blue with a crystal (white) center portion with roses ... turquoise blue interlocking fringe completes the look.  Original crocheted header and drawcord are in very good condition.  Interior is lined in blue silk which has one split ... otherwise very good.  Body of purse is excellent with only sporadic single beads missing hear and there ... some appear to be part of the design as they are symmetrical.  Everything is original on this purse ... the original design probably was meant for a frame as there is about a 2" seam on either side where a frame could have been placed (visible in pic).  The original maker never used it that way and closed the seams for the reticule style instead.  It's just a gorgeous purse!   Measures approximately 6" wide x 9" long overall.

Previously listed at $799. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$599 including s/h*

#11280

Castle Beaded Purse rosette Impressionistic Venetian Beaded Castle Reticule - 1800's

This beautifully knitted Venetian beaded reticule is so finely done that it looks like an impressionistic painting.  Soft colors blend to show a castle on a hilltop under a blue sky with drifting clouds.  The beads in this purse are so tiny they defy counting .. truly feel like silk!  Interior is unlined but with the tightly knitted backing, it creates its own lining in effect.  Original silk draw cord and intertwined loop fringe all in excellent condition.  Back of purse is identical to front ... perfect in every way!  Measures 6-1/2" x 9" overall.

Previously listed at $575. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$425 including s/h*

#9522

Floral Beaded Purse rosette Floral Beaded Purse with Gorgeous Jeweled Frame ~Made in Austria~

Such a pretty floral beaded purse! This one has a lovely boouquet of brightly colored roses and other flowers set on an ivory background. The colors are so bold and vivid and really stand out ... you can almost smell them! The frame is a delight with different colored jewels and tiny pearls set amongst them. The clasp has two malachite cabachons on each side. Back of frame is plain but design on purse is identical to the front. Fringe is done in long twisted loops in the same ivory shade as the purse ... there may be one or two missing but they really don't show much as they are all pretty close together. Interior does have its original lining which is pretty frail and torn in a few spots but still intact. Other than the fringe, I don't believe there are any beads missing on the purse itself, at least not that my eyes can detect. Label inside reads "Made in Austria." There is a slight bend in the frame ... more noticeable in the picture above than in person. I have not tried to straighten it as it is not really that obvious. Measures approximately 6" wide x 11" long overall.

Previously listed at $699. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$525 including s/h*

#7869

Art Deco Floral Beaded Purse

rosette Micro-Beaded Art Deco Inspired Floral with a Flare Circa 1920

This purse was ACTUALLY used in the book Vintage Purses at Their Best by Lynell Schwartz on Page 30.

Super tiny beads (over 550 psi) make up this wonderful art deco inspired floral in an abstract design.  Notice how the bottom flares outward ... according to the book, this was difficult to create.  The silver engraved frame is enameled with black diamond designs on both sides, and the clasp is set with two jet cabochons.  This is an exquisite purse that would be in mint condition if it weren't for the lining.  The original ivory silk is all there but is frayed considerably and could not be used.  However, for the sake of originality, we are leaving it untouched.  Fringe is done in tightly intertwined beaded loops.  Measures 5-1/2" wide at frame, 6-1/2" wide at bottom, and 10" long to bottom of fringe.

Previously listed at $850. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$650 including s/h*

#7134

Floral Beaded Purse rosette Micro-Beaded Floral Garland Fringed Purse

Pretty floral micro-beaded purse in excellent condition ... embossed brass frame tops it off and bottom is finished with interlocking twisted fringe. Inside retains original lining with original mirror (showing signs of its age).    Measures 4-1/2" wide at frame x 5" wide at bottom x 8" long to bottom of fringe.

Previously listed at $299. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$225 including s/h*

#10483

Scenic Beaded Purse rosette Scenic Beaded Purse with Nickel Silver Figural Frame

This is a very unusual scenic beaded purse depicting a village nestled amongst the trees on a rare white background.  The bottom of the purse is rounded and edged with a thick lush fringe in white beads that match the body of the purse.  The frame on this one is nickel silver and richly embossed with mythological figures of chariots, Egyptian goddesses, winged griffins, warriors, and a water bearer.  The interior is lined in white silk in perfect condition ... appears to be a recent replacement.  The beadwork is in excellent condition with no missing beads or repairs other than perhaps a strand or two of the fringe missing.  However, it is so thick that you don't even notice it.  It measures 6" wide x 11" long.

Previously listed at $899. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$525 including s/h*

#7985

Floral Beaded Purse rosette Flower Basket Beaded Purse with Gold Gilt Frame from New York State Private Collection

This purse comes from a collection I purchased from a town near Rochester, New York.  These purses had belonged to the owner's grandmother and two were dated before 1894. The others were believed to be from around turn-of-the-century and this is one of the purses from the collection.  This lovely little  purse has a cameo design of a flower basket within a wreath on the front and back.  A rosebud wallpaper background covers the rest of the purse.  Lovely embossed frame with gold gilt finishes the top.  Interior is lined in suede with a little pocket.  Unfortunately, this one needs a little TLC.  The fringe is missing several strands and there is some beadloss on the body of the bag.  One one side, the only loss is right near the frame.  On the other, there is a crescent-shaped section about 3/4" x 1/4" ... the color blends in well with the purse and I didn't even notice it until I looked it over carefully.  It is still a beautiful little purse with wonderful eye appeal!   Measures 6" wide x 8-1/2" long to bottom of fringe.

Previously listed at $399. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$250 including s/h*

#11277

French Envelope Beaded Purse rosette French Beaded Envelope Style Purse with Fancy Lattice Fringe

Here we have one of the prettiest French beaded envelope style purses I have ever run across.  These are usually done in steel or aluminum beads, but this one is done in white glass beads with the accent colors in steel beads.  And the contrast is just gorgeous!  The pretty diagonal design is done in mainly gold and silver in the center and the corners have abstract flowers in pale green and pink.  The color variances are subtle yet beautiful.  Back is solid white.  Handle is beaded and is in perfect condition.  Interior is lined in muslin.  Entire purse is in excellent condition with no bead loss or damage whatsoever that I can see.  Measures 5-1/4" wide x 7-1/2" long not counting handle.

Previously listed at $325. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$250 including s/h*

#13328

Floral Beaded Purse rosette French Envelope Style Steel-Beaded Purse in Rare Colors with Fancy Lattice Fringe

This is truly one of the prettiest French envelope style purses I have ever owned.  As always, colors of steel beads wear with use and it is extremely difficult to find them with good color.  Well, this one has it in spades!  And my favorite colors to boot ... pink and soft aqua blue!    It is difficult to capture the true colors with steel beads but trust me when I say they are beautiful.  Interior is lined in cotton in great condition.  Note the adorable little tassel decoration on front.  Beneath the flap is a little pearl button and beaded loop closure.  Excellent condition down to the gorgeous lattice fringe.  Measures 6" wide x 6-1/2" long to bottom of fringe.

Previously listed at $599. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$325 including s/h*

#13314

Carpet Design Beaded Purse rosette Aqua Carpet Design with Silver Frame

Wonderful tiny glass beads in a rare size and design ... near-mint condition, new silk lining, no bead loss,  two-tone  fringe, elegant silver frame.  One very tiny early professional repair near left hinge that is nearly undetectable (found it with a magnifying glass after close inspection only).   Lovely shades of aqua, purple, gold, cream, and pink. Unusual size!   Measures 7" x 10".

Previously listed at $995. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$595 including s/h*

#8147

Floral Beaded Purse rosette Elegant Beaded Evening Purse with Sterling Silver Openwork Frame and Violets

This lovely little evening purse is done in extremely tiny glass beads in white and gold with a center cartouche of violets.  There is a pretty lavender border around this.  topped off with a gorgeous openwork sterling silver (marked sterling inside) frame.  Both sides are identical!  Interior has original lining with a few splits that are in the folds of the fabric, so it is in very good condition.  There is a ruched coin pocket and attached beveled mirror.  Overall in excellent condition and could be used today.  Simple design ... no fringe was ever apparent but if it is desired, it could be added for an additional cost.  Purse measures 6" wide x 7-1/2" long.

Previously listed at $499. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$299 including s/h*

#10816

Floral Beaded Purse rosette Micro-Beaded Floral Purse with Jeweled Frame

This is a stunning vivid floral microbeaded purse with a fabulous jeweled frame.  Ruby red flowers in a cascading garland are on both front and back of purse with blur flowers in between as well as a few other colors.  There are faux ruby jewels in the frame and an even larger one on the drop pendant.  Knitted in the tiniest of beads, entire purse is in excellent condition.  Interior has original gray lining in great shape as well with change pocket. Large size ... measures 5-1/2" wide x 12" long to bottom of fringe.

Previously listed at $950. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$650 including s/h*

#11410

Floral Beaded Purse rosette Micro-Beaded Floral Bouquet with Jeweled & Enameled Frame

This lovely floral purse is done in tiny micro glass beads in wonderful colors of blues, pinks, gold and green on an off-white background.  The frame is just gorgeous with enameled designs in black and white on ornately embossed brass.  The clasp is also enameled in white petals giving it a daisy look.  There are ten tiny carnelians set amongst the enameled sections.  Fringe is latticed and tipped with cobalt looped rings to pick up the dark blue in the purse.  Interior is lined in gold and is in excellent condition.  There are no missing beads or repairs to the body of the purse itself; fringe has an early repair done on the two right-hand lattice sections but it is nicely done and still looks good.  This is a larger than usual purse measuring 8" wide x almost 14" long.

Previously listed at $799. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$599 including s/h*

#6117

French Steel-Beaded Reticule rosette Superb French Steel-Beaded Reticule in Basic Black with Silver and Gold with Lush Lattice Fringe

This is a wonderful steel-beaded French purse  is done in unusual reticule style with a silk drawcord woven through the top.  The design is striking in black with subtle gold and silver designs running through it.  The outstanding fringe is done in lattice work with long fringe attached to this with tiny looped tips.  Beads are so tiny I can't count them!  Look at the close-up for details.  Even the drawcord has beaded balls on each end.  The body of the purse is in perfect condition; fringe has a few areas (visible in pic) that need tacked back together but does not interfere with the design or structure.  The openwork that holds the drawcord is in perfect condition on front and back but at the edges there are a few detached "bars" that hold the cord.  Again, this is where the cords come out the side and are not noticeable nor does it affect use.  These could probably be easily mended if desired but not necessary in my opinion.  Overall a great purse for a great price! Measures 6" x 10" overall.

Previously listed at $299. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$225 including s/h*

#9303

Floral Beaded Reticule rosette Micro-Beaded Floral Reticule with Fantastic Fringe

Here we have a real beauty!  Just look at the colors in the fantastic fringe ... periwinkle blue, green and black from the purse.  The design is an abstract floral with a center cartouche and bordered trim.  The interior is lined in blue silk with braided trim border that is in such perfect condition it looks new; however, it may very well be original as I discern no signs of replacement.  The colors are all vivid and bright, and the entire purse is in MINT condition!  They don't come any better than this.  Measures 7" wide x 9-1/2" long to bottom of fringe.

Previously listed at $699. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$425 including s/h*

#7656

Flower Basket Beaded Reticule rosette pictorial Basket of Flowers Beaded Reticule

Here we have a lovely beaded reticule depicting a basket overflowing with flowers from the garden ... reds, pinks, blues, lavendar, white and green abound.  This purse is from the 1800's and has never been lined and doesn't really appear to have ever been used.  The beads are miniscule in size and the purse is knitted.  Some of the beads are slightly larger in size to give the purse depth in the design .. very effective and pretty.  Ecru silk crocheted header and drawcord are in perfect condition as is the entire purse.  Finished with interlocking fringe, it is an impeccable purse for its age!   Purse measures 7-1/2" wide x 10-1/2" long to bottom of fringe when lying flat.

Previously listed at $499. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$275 including s/h*

#11214

Beaded Purse rosette Pretty Beaded Swag Purse - Belgium?

This is a cute little purse that we were told when we purchased it that it came from Belgium. It does have that European look about it, so it is probably true ... perhaps it had a label at one time but it is no longer there. In any case, it is just a pretty little purse with flowers and other designs adorning a center panel and draping swag beaded sides done in openwork. The interior is lined in a cocoa silk which also serves as the collar of the purse and the back of the beaded strap. There is a little pocket inside the purse for coins. Strap is loose on one side and a few strands of beads need to be tacked down but otherwise it is in pretty good condition. I wouldn't advise using this one as the basic design of the purse is pretty delicate. Fringe is done in multi-colored twisted loops in colors from the purse. Two draw cords with beads on the ends serve as the closure. Very pretty! Body of purse measures approximately 7" wide x 11" long overall ... handle is 8" to where beaded portion starts.

Previously listed at $325. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$225 including s/h*

#7676

Floral Beaded Purse rosette Pictorial Cornucopia Floral Beaded Purse with Fabulous Jeweled Frame

Here we have a beautiful beaded purse done in microbeads with a gold cornucopia on the front spilling out a huge bouquet of roses and violets ... even a daisy or two tucked in there.  It is an exquisitely simple yet beautiful design.  The background is an eggshell white or pale ivory and the brass frame is set with multi-colored jewels.  Note the unusual clasp with the wingspread design  ... and three jewels there as well.  Interior is lined in white silk with braided trim.  Fringe is done in white and shades of green tipping it off.    Excellent condition throughout ... no bead loss or damage to beads anywhere.  Measures approximately 5-1/4 " wide at frame, 6-1/2" wide at bottom x almost 9-1/2" long to bottom of fringe.

Previously listed at $799. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$550 including s/h*

#12987

Floral Beaded Purse rosette Floral Micro-Beaded Purse with Arched Figural Silver Frame

Here we have a very early tiny-glass-beaded purse in floral design.  It is much wider at bottom than frame which gives it a full, gathered look when hanging.  The frame is simply fabulous ... richly embossed on both sides in a half-circle shape and topped with two winged griffins facing each other at the clasp.  The chain is also elegantly embossed and very ornate.  It is in excellent condition having been cleaned and relined and a few fringes repaired.  A very delicately beautiful purse with a Victorian feel to it.   Measures 6" wide at frame 9" wide across bottom x almost 14" long overall.

Previously listed at $799. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$525 including s/h*

#8143

 

Figural Beaded Purse with Historical Provenance
Caldwell Collection

rosette Figural New England Coastal Village 'Looking Out to Sea' Beaded Reticule from Caldwell Collection (Historical Provenance)

This lovely beaded purse came from a historical collection of beaded reticule purses sold at a New England auction house.  The purses offered were originally created by Elisa V. Caldwell and were dated circa 1832.  Many of the purses went for $1,500 and up; however, I was fortunate enough to snag a few of them.  Some are not completely finished (ie., collars not put on), but the designs are exquisite and worthy of display.  You would never want to use purses such as these anyway ... they are much too valuable and are true antiquities.  I hope you will find owning a piece of authentic Americana as enjoyable as I do :-).  The picture immediately below is of one of the purses I was unable to purchase but did show the only one that had the maker's name and date.  I am presenting it here as part of the provenance of this wonderful collection.

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The purse being offered here on the left is one of the ones that was never finished ... called 'Looking Out to Sea',  this purse features a would-be sailor looking through a scope out to the ocean.  A fishing village with church and lighthouse? can be seen as well as seagulls overhead.  Bottom portion features blue forget-me-nots.  There is a pretty lattice fringe added to this one which may have been put on later as the beads are not found in the original work.  Interior is lined in ivory silk which has a few small splits. There is one small area where there may be one or two beads missing (visible in pic), otherwise this one is in pretty good shape.  Original auction photos included in the pics.  Measures 6" wide x 9" long to bottom of fringe.

Previously listed at $599. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$499 including s/h*

#9609

Figural Beaded Purse with Historical Provenance
Caldwell Collection

rosette Scenic Village Beaded Reticule from Caldwell Collection (Historical Provenance)

This lovely beaded purse came from a historical collection of beaded reticule purses sold at a New England auction house.  The purses offered were originally created by Elisa V. Caldwell and were dated circa 1832.  Many of the purses went for $1,500 and up; however, I was fortunate enough to snag a few of them.  Some are not completely finished (ie., collars not put on), but the designs are exquisite and worthy of display.  You would never want to use purses such as these anyway ... they are much too valuable and are true antiquities.  I hope you will find owning a piece of authentic Americana as enjoyable as I do :-).  The picture immediately below is of one of the purses I was unable to purchase but did show the only one that had the maker's name and date.  I am presenting it here as part of the provenance of this wonderful collection.

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The purse being offered here on the left is one of the more typical designs found in the 1800's ... consisting of a scenic village design which wraps around the purse set above a lower band of darker beads with flowers or geometric designs.  This one has blue stripes dividing the sections and the bottom area has a border of leaves and little pink flowers.  The fringe is a dark burgundy tightly twisted while the collar is an dark green silk.  This purse is in surprisingly excellent condition, even the lining is in great shape.  The only apology on this one is the collar material is split right along the top crease ... probably just from age stress; there was never a drawcord added.  Otherwise, it is pretty much perfect!  There are no missing beads that I can see.  Measures 5-3/4" wide x 9-1/4" long to bottom of fringe.  Original auction photos included in the pics.  Measures 6" wide x 9" long to bottom of fringe.

Previously listed at $799. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$525 including s/h*

#9606

Floral Beaded Purse rosette Early 1800's 3-Part Scenic & Figural Beaded Purse with Intricate Design, MINT Condition - All Original!

These historic 3-part beaded purses date from the early to mid 1800's and are called 3-part due to the three distinct sections: top border with sawtooth edge, center scenic/figural portion with sawtooth edge, and bottom panel usually done in floral.  Top and bottom sections are usually always done in a deep burgundy shade.  This one is unusual in that the scene in the center depicts a castle, a double arch bridge, and a figure in the foreground.  Along the top border we have an animal of some type -- perhaps a chicken??  Same scene on front and back.   Everything about this purse is mint, from the crocheted dark brown header to the simple loop fringe.  Even the interior soft suede lining is in perfect shape!  Rarely found in this condition and with this type of scene ...  Measures 6" wide x 10" long to bottom of fringe.

Previously listed at $799. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$475 including s/h*

#8056

Floral Beaded Purse rosette 1800's Scenic & Figural Beaded Reticule - All Original!

Here is an adorable little beaded reticule from the Civil War era.  Done in typical 3-part design, this one features a top border with dogs and houses, a center floral panel, and a village scene on the bottom.  Finished with tiny intertwined looped fringe, it is a real cutie! The silk collar and draw-ribbon are original to the piece as is the cotton muslin lining.  There are some very tiny older repairs, barely noticeable, that are normally found on purses of this age.  Measures 5-3/4" wide x 7-1/2" long to bottom of fringe.  It is truly a delight and a wonderful piece of our American heritage!

Previously listed at $799. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$450 including s/h*

#6926

Beaded Reticule rosette Super Large Sparkly Jet Micro-Beaded Reticule with Life-like Flowers

Here we have a lovely beaded reticule in jet black sparkly glass micro-beads intricately knit with flowers in pinks, purple, blue, gold, yellow and variegated green leaves.  It is one of the most gorgeous reticules I have ever had ... and it is in near mint condition, the only fault being one of the crocheted dividers where the cord goes through is missing ... you would never even notice it.  This purse dates from the 1800's and is truly in amazing condition considering its age.  It is lined in a black crepe and finished with a beaded ball and tassle fringe.  Measures 7" wide x a whopping 15" long to bottom of fringe.

Previously listed at $499. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$299 including s/h*

#11263

Steel-Beaded Purse rosette Cute Little Pink & Silver Steel-Beaded Purse with Filigreed Jeweled Frame

This is a cute little steel-beaded bag in silver and bright pink colors ... in excellent condition.  Pretty silver filigreed jeweled frame tops it off and silver and pink looped fringe finishes the bottom.  Interior is lined in original pink silk in very good condition with silver braided trim.  Measures 5" wide x 7-1/4" long to bottom of fringe.

Previously listed at $399. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$250 including s/h*

#5746

Beaded Purse rosette Beaded Box Purse w/ Mirrored Interior by Tor II

Very cute little beaded box style purse with flowers on front and top. Interior features a mirror in the lid and extra pockets on sides for lipstick and compact. There is an extra long white beaded handle that can be changed to turn this into a shoulder strap if desired. It presently has a gold beaded shorter carrying strap. Overall in very good condition with only minor bead loss ... nothing that would show in a photo ... and a few faint stains on the beaded bottom . It's just a cute, functional beaded purse for a great price! Label inside says "Tor II". Measures 4-3/8" wide x 3-1/2" deep x 4-1/2" high.

Previously listed at $225. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$145 including s/h*

#8533

   

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