1940s Elaborately Beaded French Evening Bag in Deep Beige
1940s Elaborately Beaded French Evening Bag in Deep Beige
1940s Elaborately Beaded French Evening Bag in Deep Beige
1940s Elaborately Beaded French Evening Bag in Deep Beige
1940s Elaborately Beaded French Evening Bag in Deep Beige
1940s Elaborately Beaded French Evening Bag in Deep Beige
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1940s Elaborately Beaded French Evening Bag in Deep Beige

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This vintage French evening handbag is covered with glistening deep beige glass seed beads - even on the frame and handle. The frame is decorated with a row of raised beaded rosettes. A matching rosette covers the medallion clasp, which flips up to open the bag. The inside is lined with goldentone sateen, with a pocket, and includes a small gathered coin purse. A stitched-on tag reads, "Made in France / Hand Made." The interior of the bag is remarkably clean, and I find no raveling or fraying of the lining. The same can be said of the small sateen coin purse. On the exterior, there a few loose beads here and there (meaning they are not lying flat), but I see no unraveling anywhere on the bag. Oddly, the only tiny flaw I see is a white bead that apparently was accidentally stitched into the front cover.

The bag measures roughly 8: across and 5-1/2" high, not including the handle. is about 11" long. The frame measures 1" across; the clasp medallion measures 1-1/5" across.