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We are pleased to offer this Late Victorian / Edwardian Era Micro Beaded Purse with Jeweled Frame and Jeweled Clasp. European castle pattern. The frame is a ornate metal that is set with glass gemstones, the chain is also set with glass gemstones. The lining is original and does have tears. There is some age related wear, tarnishing and missing fringe but this purse still displays well. With a little restoration this could be worth twice our estimate. As far back as the Middle Ages, both men and women carried purses. Although these medieval bags rarely held the scarce commodity of money, they did serve to carry other small personal items such as important papers for men and sewing implements for ladies.These early purses often reflected the social status of the carrier. More elaborately embroidered and embellished bags usually found a home with society's most affluent members. Some of the most popular purses with collectors these days are the beaded and metal mesh examples of the late 19th and early 20th century. These hard to find early beaded purses are a must have for the more serious antique beaded purse collector. Research Consulted: Restoring & Collecting Antique Beaded Purses by Evelyn Haertig....
Retail Value Estimate: $275-$325
Condition: Age wear-tarnishing,torn lining Weight: 8oz
Measurements (LxWxH): 6.25 inches x .25 inches x 9 inches
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