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Vintage Purses

Ascot lucite purse

How cool is this?? A classic 1955 Ascot Black Fleck lucite handbag with gold colored hardware! What a find! This 6-1/2" diameter x 6" tall x 3-1/4" deep purse features two compartments. Pop the flip-up snap clasp and the hinged lid opens to reveal a 5" x 3" x 1-1/8" deep tray. Push the slide lever on the lower front to release the hook closure and the tray flips up on its back hinge to reveal the 6" x 3" x 3-3/8" deep main part of the purse. The handle on top of the purse swivels to lie down both backward and forward. On the bottom of the purse is a circle mark that says “Ascot” at the top and “N.Y.C.  U.S.A.” at the bottom. This handbag is Ascot’s No. 260, first produced in 1955 and featured in their “New Spring And Summer Handbags” collection. We’ll include a copy, printed on glossy paper, of Ascot’s black-and-white ad from page 7 of the March 1955 Handbags & Accessories. How’s that for documentation? This purse is in superb condition, with no nicks, scratches, or cracks in the lucite. The gold colored hardware has developed a patina over the years, but works smoothly and latches securely. The lever closure plate shows minor scratching. (Click on picture for more
images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $275.00 + s/h and insurance

** SOLD **

 

Antique beaded wedding bag

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” Here’s the perfect “something old” for that important day in your life: a truly exquisite, heirloom quality, antique beaded wedding bag in the old-fashioned “butterfly bag” style. I’ve never seen anything like it and I’m betting that this stunning bag was completely handcrafted for a special long-ago bride, probably by her doting mother or grandmother. Constructed of white pillow silk with an overlay of champagne chiffon on which four large intricate designs of tiny seed pearls have been painstakingly stitched. Additional seed pearl beading connects the four designs where they wrap around the bottom of the bag. The top envelope flap is extensively beaded in seed pearls and features rosette designs at the two front corners. Three snap closures securely fasten the bag. Size is approximately 9" x 4-1/2" when closed. Notice that one of the butterfly wings extends farther out than the underlying silk bag. This appears to be deliberate in the original construction (further evidence of handcrafting), not a flaw, and certainly not after-the-fact damage. Excellent condition with no loss of beads, no loose beads, and no discoloration to the beading. There is some discoloration to the white silk on the underside edge of the envelope flap.

Several weeks after I had written the above description for this wedding bag, Ol’ Swaphos finally read what I’d written and came unglued. He proceeded to tell me that this hand-made bridal bag was in his grandmother’s possession and then his mother’s for as long as he can remember, and he recalls them telling him that it was made either by or for his great-great-grandmother’s wedding. Since Ol’ Swaphos is no spring chicken himself, that would make this bag a “mid-century modern” – mid-19th Century, that is! As far as he knows, it was always intended to be passed down for each succeeding wedding as a family heirloom associated with his great-great-grandmother, a full- blooded Cherokee who married his great-great-grandfather, a wealthy plantation owner in Kentucky. According to the story, his great-grandmother and then his grandmother carried it at their weddings, but unfortunately, his mother eloped and so did Ol’ Swaphos the first time around, forgetting to take it with him when he ran off to get hitched. (Serves him right for doing that in the first place instead of waiting to meet and properly marry ME! Not to mention the fact that I’m just now seeing this bag and hearing its story after nearly three decades of marriage!) At any rate, this is a prime example of why we need to make and keep written notes of our oral family histories. Perhaps you will have better luck with the heirlooms you are acquiring, especially if you write down each beautiful object’s history and put it inside. Ol’ Swaphos says there is good karma associated with this bridal bag because all of the marriages in which it was carried at the wedding lasted until death did them part. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $450.00 + s/h and insurance

 

   only 1 available

 

St. Thomas leather wallet

This vintage brown leather ladies’ wallet by St. Thomas measures 7-1/4" x 4" closed and 7-1/4" x 10-5/8" open. Stamped “St. Thomas cowhide” in gold under the front envelope flap above the snap closure. Several interior compartments, including a bill holder, snap-open coin purse, and checkbook cover, plus a pen holder. Unused condition, but there is a small scuff mark on the exterior back as shown in the photo. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $40.00 + s/h and insurance

 

   only 1 available

 

Conrich evening box clutch

This vintage black faille box clutch purse with gold colored hardware is by Conrich of Chicago and measures 6" x 4" x 1" when closed. Probably meant to be an evening bag. Hinged rigid frame snaps open to reveal beige satin lining and side gussets. Very good condition, with no rips or tears. Looks unused, but there’s a tiny smudge on lining and the snap closure is somewhat patinated. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $20.00 + s/h and insurance

** SOLD **

 

Taupe leather clutch purse

This vintage taupe leather envelope style clutch purse measures 9-3/8" x 5" when closed via its snap closure. There are two interior zippered compartments lined in the back with dark brown faille, plus the main fully lined compartment. Leather is still supple and purse looks unused. The two zippers and the snap are patinated, but all three work smoothly and securely. Unmarked as to maker. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $20.00 + s/h and insurance

 

   only 1 available

 

Shiseido faux ostrich clutch bag

This is a vintage off-white envelope style gusseted clutch purse of faux ostrich vinyl that measures 7" x 4-3/4" x 1-1/8" when closed. Front 1" diameter dark brown tortoise shell button attached to snap closure. Interior fully lined in smooth off-white vinyl. Probably intended as a cosmetic bag since the interior is stamped “Shiseido” and “Made in Japan”. Very good condition. Looks unused. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $15.00 + s/h and insurance

 

   only 1 available

 

Borghese cosmetics bag

This vintage Borghese black ribbed vinyl cosmetics bag measures 6-1/2" x 4-1/2" when closed. Side and bottom gussets. Top zipper and tab. Interior fully lined in black fabric with repeating Borghese logo and “Princess Marcella Borghese” text. Unused condition. Black zipper works smoothly and securely. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $10.00 + s/h and insurance

 

   only 1 available

 

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