1940s Dofan France Black Evening Bag with Elaborate Rhinestone Frame
This vintage evening handbag by Dofan, France is composed of what feels like faux black suede, and a marvelously elaborate frame of rows of very tiny gray, white and gold seed beads with two "shoulder caps" of prong-set rhinestones. A medallion clasp on the front is similarly decorated. The handbag's lining is a yellow-beige sateen, and looks clean. The inside pocket is stamped "Dofan Made in France" in gold lettering. The bag pouch is gathered near the top of the frame in a scalloped design.
When I got this bag, there was one rhinestone missing. I replaced it with a flatback rhinestone of similar size and brightness. I no longer can tell which one I replaced.
The bag measures 9" across and 7" high, not including the snake chain handle, which measures about 10".