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$14 - El Cajon, CA

THIS IS NOT FOR SALE. IT WON'T LET ME EDIT THAT OUT.
No questions on this one but wanted to share this lovely lady. I bought this beaded purse at an antique mall in Norfolk, VA, for $14. It was bought in an estate sale for $20 but because no one wanted the poor thing with it's missing beads, she put it on sale. Other than the couple bare areas, it's in great shape. I filled in the missing spots for now with some dark rose silk taffeta so from 3 ft away they look like the flowers, and secured the loose beads. I'm dating it after the group that Augusta Auctions had for sale from 1830s-1860s. I carry it with my 1850s dress in my fashion shows, which you can see hanging from my wrist in the photo.
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Val LaBoreNot sure why this is saying it's $14 when it's NOT FOR SALE.2 days ago

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Now I'm asking for a little help with cleaning a purse frame I plan on "recovering". Overall it's in good condition, with the butterscotch amber, but the frame needs cleaning, and also that one part on the back has green stuff. Any suggestions on how to clean this?
Also, maybe a date? What would the pouch fabric look like?
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Val LaBoreThank you!2 days ago
Chris PantryYou should remove the chain and the jump rings. If it were me, I'd soak the chain in a bowl of ketchup--it will probably remove any finish that remains but it won't look bad. Or get a new chain and jump rings. You will have to be more careful with the frame because of the amber cabochons--you should check to see if they can come in contact with something acidic like ketchup or vinegar.2 days ago
Val LaBoreThank you both. I have a braided hair watch chain that also has the green verdigris on it and wondered how to clean it too. Who would have thought ketchup.2 days ago

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Here's one of my questions about a recent purse purchase I made. I don't know what year it would be. It's an unusual size, 12"x12-1/2", made of a med weight silky fabric. I can't find any markings on it. The chain does look original, its all handsewn, and it has a cute little pocket inside that snaps closed. My first thought was Edwardian (1900-1912) because of the size, but someone else thought it was 1920s, based on the tapestry fabric. Which, if it is, I may not be using it, as I don't dress past 1918. ... See MoreSee Less

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Sally Dill OssmanI have one similar in beaded with soft leather insides, but same frame opening. Wast told 1920s era3 days ago   ·  1

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Thank you for letting me join. I'm a historical costume sewer (for myself) and I love to use antique accessories with them. My knowledge of purses and reticules are lacking, even tho I have quite a few. So I hope no one minds if occasionally I ask if anyone knows the date of ones I have. I'm good at dating clothing but not those. I'm looking forward to reading as much as I can here. ~~Val ... See MoreSee Less

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Kathy GundersonVal LaBore we're happy to help 🙂3 days ago   ·  1

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Ashley Anthonyen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stratton_(company) They are selling on various sites for $20-40 in very good condition.4 days ago
Martha MeltonNo But Pretty4 days ago   ·  1

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ok folks, I'm looking for an opinion here. I bought this darling little bag this week (7 " tip to top not including chain). It was labelled as a sporin but I am sure that no proud Scotsman would wear it. Perhaps a junior Scotsman? or might it be a chatelain purse for a young lady? ... See MoreSee Less

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Jeanette LanzaWhat animal is that ? Kind of creepy but interesting1 week ago
Mary NunnI've never seen a sporran that hangs like a chatelaine. The more normal thing is for a leather or chain strap to be threaded through a band on the back and then buckled around the hips. Sort of like a fanny pack worn in the front. Anything is possible, but I think this is a woman's chatelaine purse, not a sporran.1 week ago   ·  2
Patti Barbano JonesLooking at it I believe that it's beaver skin with a beaver type of face.1 week ago
Joyce GeeserI had one similar but sold it several years ago. It's Victorian and just one of the quirky things that gave our Victorian ancestors pleasure. It's completely constructed, not a real animal (although the fur is real). Mine looked more like bearskin rug and the teeth were a little different (porcelain). I also at one time had a small fur purse with a bird's head attached - again, all constructed and not a real animal. They are certainly quirky but I liked them because, how often will you ever see something like this? 😉1 week ago   ·  2
Patricia HalliganI vote that it is a ladies chatelaine.7 days ago   ·  1
Val LaBoreI have one of those, in leather tho, and saved some photos of women actually wearing them. This is from about 1903 (with pigeon breast bodice).3 days ago   ·  1

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Different approaches in restoring early American purses. All purses required substantial restoration and in two of them, the fringes were replaced or added. The purse on the right had been converted to a frame purse before purchase. The two purses on the left and center, were left as reticules with new silk tops added. The early American coin purse needed to be returned back to its frame without the extra cloth at the top. The frame on the small coin purse obviously was in need of cleaning and also some realignment so that the plunge spring closure functioned properly. ... See MoreSee Less

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Sheryl ElliottSize comparison2 weeks ago   ·  1
Val LaBoreThat's an adorable coin purse. I have a regular purse that is dated any time from 1830s-60s.3 days ago

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Melissa OverdorfVery pretty!2 weeks ago   ·  1
Laurie FranklinFabulous collection!2 weeks ago   ·  1
Jacqui RogersSo elegant I love them .2 weeks ago   ·  1
Shannon Salman-AzizWow they are so pretty !5 days ago   ·  1

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L'Odeur De la Violette shared L'Odeur de la Violette's photo to the group: Antique Purses, Compacts, and other vintage ladies accessories. ... See MoreSee Less

Bourse création de L'Odeur de La Violette pour Mademoiselle Mandy Graillon XXIIème Reine d'Arles Photo de Gérard Pauleau

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Can anyone give me any information on this purse. The only label says Made in France ... See MoreSee Less

Winona O'Reilly, Martha Melton and 1 other like this

Vicki Schwager1940's beaded purse, hand made . These were typical of the era. Larger makers, Ed B Robinson, and Josef had same frames and bodies. Many small botiques also did similar. Many beautiful labor intensive made at this time!2 weeks ago

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I found this lovely black satchel/purse in my local thriftstore. (Ignore the shoes in front, they're not vintage 😜).

Does anyone know anything about it? Normally Google gets me answers about my second hand finds, but not this time.
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I was delighted to find this scenic sailboat purse for auction with matching mirror and coin purse accoutrements, but unfortunately, not the same color as the new silk lining that I added to the purse. The old silk was also falling apart on these small accessory items, so I used the mirror and patterns rendered to duplicate in the same new silk lining of the purse. ... See MoreSee Less

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Mary NunnYou are an amazing talent, Sheryl Elliott! <33 weeks ago   ·  1

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hi
can anyone tell
me how old this purse might be
no tags or damage it looks old
if anyone can help id
appreciate it
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Sue O'Malleyhere is whats on the zipper lot of symbols no writing click on picture to see better3 weeks ago
Laura Fox Quirinyou can check out these images to see if you find anything close to it www.google.com/search?q=vintage+purses&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&sqi=2&ved=0ahUKEwi2wpSZqY7TAhUU2...3 weeks ago
Kathy GundersonThe zipper company was established in 19583 weeks ago
Sue O'Malleyive never found a purse this old in a thrift store before3 weeks ago
Sue O'Malleythank u laura and Kathy for helping me out are these purses collectible3 weeks ago
Winthrop Audreyits actually late 1960s early 70s because of the paisley fabric and color of the purse ( i had a similar one back then "when it i was new" its cute5 days ago

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Does anyone have any ideas for attaching trim on a cello frame purse when the opening is not large enough to navigate a needle? This was a “blank” purse that had never been made into a purse (in fact, you can see the inventory tag is still on the purse in the lower right corner of the photo). Right now, I just have thin strips of double sided tape holding the trim in place on the silk satin lining to cover the stiches which attaches the purse to its frame. The purse is rather large, which is why I thought a frame would be better. The only other option I see is adding a crocheted top instead, and turning it to a drawstring reticule. ... See MoreSee Less

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Naomi Maslin GodelI PMed you4 weeks ago
Sheryl ElliottI am a "newbie" to messaging so not quite sure how to use it.4 weeks ago
Sheryl ElliottThank you, Naomi Godel! I tried your advice on a gate closure bag that had the same problem with trim and it worked!4 weeks ago   ·  2
Martha MeltonWay to Go Sheryl...3 weeks ago

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I bought this small beaded purse at an estate sale. It seems quite old and is made with tiny steel beads. It's intact but has some condition issues, including the handle on one side is starting to detach from the purse. Does anyone know about this type of bag and whether it could be repaired? It seems very delicate ... See MoreSee Less

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Kathy GundersonIt's a french steel beaded small purse - there are purse restorers who are able to fix these - Marion Held is one such person4 weeks ago   ·  1

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Lesson Learned! I decided to undertake a restoration of this dance purse. As always, I begin restorations by soaking the bag is a mild Woolite bath, and am always amazed at the dirt and grime that comes off when the purse is rinsed. Alas, not the thing to do with this purse! Unnoticed by me, the beads on the purse were steel ones, and in a matter of day the beads were covered with rust. Steel wool and filing removed most of the rust and in the end, another purse had been saved. BTW, if I do not have the appropriate vintage trim, I now pretty rely on buds and bows trim. If anyone knows a source for such trim, other than Etsy, it would be most appreciated. ... See MoreSee Less

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Kathy GundersonAnother tidbit about washing beads: many black ones lose their color when washed in Woolite. I found this out the hard way too 🙂1 month ago   ·  2
Ronna PayneEvaporust might be the trick for the future. Used for the rust on cast iron and much more. Pricey but is reusuable.1 month ago   ·  1
Sylvia BeneschanI'm always intrigued by posts about getting rid of rust on steel beads. I've never been able to succeed and the little progress I was able to make was too time consuming to be worth the effort. I Googled Evaporust. Is it possible to soak an antique purse in what must be a harsh chemical without doing additional damage to fragile fibres? Ronna, have you had success with that?1 month ago   ·  1
Patti Barbano JonesAlso found out the hard way in how Woolite took the color out of the beads on a beaded dress. I now use Orvus Paste. You can find it at most tack shops..it's for washing horses and the quilters use it to prewash their fabric.1 month ago
Sheryl ElliottThanks! Great tips!!1 month ago
Ronna PayneSylvia Beneschan No, I don't have any first hand knowledge of using Evaporust on textiles/a beaded item. Just tossed it out as something to consider if applicable-I really don't know. If I'm wrong, please forgive my lack of expertise.1 month ago
Ruth PensonAnother reason I do not collect beaded purses, but always happy to admire my friends collections. 😉1 month ago
Vicki SchwagerWith steel beads. Check with a magnet - some steel looking beads are 'French steel' are not steel. A light oil: sewing machine, or even a little WD40 will help prevent rust, and if rust is not heavy will help remove it.1 month ago
Vicki SchwagerOne time I had a large art nouveau steel beaded purse with rust. Beads were solid and on strong backing. I sprayed with WD 40 and used abrasive scrubs It did work. The base material was oil soaked too, but I hung it out to dry for a couple of weeks. I am in a dry climate.1 month ago

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Found two lovely beaded purses at the flea market today. The blue one has orioles on one side and red flowers on the other. The metal frame hinges in the center and it is lined with very, very soft leather. Super condition on both. A little rust on the metal frame, but I can take care of that fairly easily. 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

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Janet ColwellSo pretty, love the bird design! Do you know who made them?1 month ago
Sally Dill OssmanNo, unfortunately no tags or marks on either pieces.1 month ago
Sally Dill OssmanI'm trying to find comps on the Oriole bag but don't know how to describe it to find them. The top hinges in the center as well as each side. Any help?1 month ago

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Found this at the flea market today. It's 5 x 7.5, and in near perfect condition. ... See MoreSee Less

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I love filigree purse frames, so I'm collecting these cute little bags. I'm trying to figure out when they were made. I've heard the 1920's, but they look rather art nouveau. From what I read, that period ended around 1920, so now I'm wondering it maybe they're Edwardian? Do any of you know? ... See MoreSee Less

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Mary NunnI have a few pattern books that feature "swag" style bags and they are all early 1920s.1 month ago

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I found this today at an estate sale. It is not a purse, it is a tiny beaded pouch, only two inches wide. It has a beaded neck loop long enough to hang around your neck. It looks like it holds coins. I'm assuming this is old, but I don't know how old, or anything about these sorts of things. Anybody ever see anything like this? Note the really cool button that looks like a faux closure. ... See MoreSee Less

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Doris CoghillThis type of knitted beaded necklace was very popular during the late 1980's - early 1990's. So old, but not to old. Probably made by a beader/knitter to wear as a necklace. The knitted ones were more popular than the crocheted ones. They have also been made in Africa/India to sell to the tourists, but this does not look like one of those.1 month ago   ·  5
Julie FischerIt's a really cute little thing. Nice find!1 month ago
Vicki SchwagerYes, I agree with Doris.1 month ago   ·  2

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