Herein you'll find a varied selection of quality purses and handbags, from vintage to contemporary, with one common theme...they're all guaranteed show-stoppers!
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|This beautiful old bag is in need of some tender love and care and will be magnificent when rehabilitated. The exterior is entirely covered in glass seed beads in a multi-colored floral pattern that is different on each side and leaps off of a black background. The lining looks to be black silk over possibly cotton batting, with the beadwork done on a mesh. The floral patterns are both in very good condition while the rest of the bag is fair to good. Of the beaded loops at the bottom there is one loop missing on one end and another missing at the center. There is also some bead loss at the top edges and on either side near the top. It very likely had a metal frame that was removed, accounting for this damage. The lining is also separated from the beadwork on one side and aside from the stitching issues at the top, appears to be very good on the inside. It measures 8 1/2" long (including the 1" loops at bottom) by 6 3/4" wide and is priced at $75.00
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|Hand made in France, this wonderful little Art Deco clutch purse is also in need of restoration, but would be well worth the effort. Made of a ribbed black material (faille), it is accented with steel beads in intricate patterns on the front, back and along the sides. It has a main compartment with small inner pouch, a snap clasp and a carrying strap on the back. It measures 7 1/2" wide by 4 1/2" long and opens to about 3" deep. It is in fair to good vintage condition with some bead loss (small sections and single beads) and a small section of the lining needs to be reattached to one of the top inside corners. There is some soiling to the material though this is minor. The major issue is rust on much of the beadwork throughout. Priced accordingly at $40.00
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|Do not miss this glorious 1940s hand bag with magnificent jeweled frame. Made of floral pattern brocade with hints of silver, gold and faint pastels, it measures 8 1/2" wide by 7" long by 1 3/4" deep. It is lined with off white satin and has a main inner compartment with side pouches on each side. It comes with its original mirror (beveled edge and backed with satin) and change purse, also of the same off white satin. While the overall package is splendid, this bag is all about the frame. Made of gold tone metal, it features ruby colored glass square cuts, bezel set and open backed/unfoiled, that are accompanied by glue set and bezel set clear rhinestones. The 10 1/2" long gold tone metal chain is equally elegant. In very good vintage condition…the exterior is clean and lining is very good, with some small orange stains on one side, where the change purse has been kept. There is also a small repair to 1/2" of stitching on the left edge of the front of the bag. You will feel and look like royalty with this gorgeous bag! $495.00
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|A stitch here and there and a strand or two of beads and this 1920s flapper wrist bag will be ready again for a night on the town. It is made of a black knit material and adorned with blue-purple iridescent glass seed beads (think carnival glass in that shade and you will have it). At bottom these dangle in looped strands for an elegant fringe. It measures 6 1/2" long by 5" wide and opens to roughly 2 1/2" in diameter. The strap was not included in the previous measurements and is 12" long (from end to end) by 2" at its widest. It is in good condition with the following issues noted: The black silk lining will need to be restitched along most of the top edge and there is also a tear further down on one side that needs to be sewn together. It had a snap clasp at one time, though only one section of the clasp is still present. The top edge has some minor bead loss, though once the lining is reattached I don't believe this would be noticeable. There is however, one looped strand of beads missing that is obvious at the bottom section and will need to be replaced. The black knitted material is faded with age, though I wouldn't consider this a problem as when carried it is covered by the beaded fringe. If you enjoy working with these beaded beauties this one wouldn't take much to fix and is offered to you at $60.00
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I apologize for the quality of these photos. It is very difficult to get an accurate picture of this gorgeous bag.
|Here's a little contemporary bag with a bit of that vintage flair. Made by Accessorize, it features a stitched flower design on black fabric with black, green and red seed bead accents. It has a single inner compartment with magnetic clasp and has a 13" japanned metal chain. 5 7/8" long by 4 3/8" wide and in excellent condition. Very pretty and nicely made. $21.00
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|By Brighton and Made in China, this small handbag/large wallet is made of genuine leather with a reptile pattern and has ornate, silver tone metal accents. The 47" long shoulder strap is held by two snaps on the inside, so it can be removed to carry the wallet by the 2 1/2" high braided leather handle. The interior sections are lined with red material with a heart and curlicue pattern and are described as follows: Interior front flap - lined ID slot w/plastic window, Front Face - single lined slot/pouch for business/ID card, First Compartment - Lined and has eight slots for credit/ID/business cards, Center Pouch - zipper closure, lined with black suede, ideal for change or valuables, Second Compartment - lined with leather loops/holders for pen and lipstick, Two Rear Pouches - lined, ideal for checkbook/paper money, Back Outside Pouch - lined, and Deeper Back Outside Pouch with magnetic snap closure for eyeglasses or cellphone. It measures 8 1/2" wide by 4 1/2" tall by 4" deep and is in excellent condition, having never been used. $97.00
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|This *to die for* purse by Walberg is a symphony of black and white seed beads on creamy glove leather. Each side is different and it combines the feeling of Art Deco and Native American design. A top pick in my book. Hand made in Hong Kong, it has a gold tone metal upper frame with a tubular mesh type chain that is doubled to 16 1/2" (but changes to a long single strand if desired). The interior is white satin and there is a small pocket that holds the original mirror. Measuring 6 1/2" wide by 6 1/4" long, the purse is in excellent, unused condition the mirror is in good condition with some minor age spotting noted.
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|This snazzy shoulder bag from the 1980's is made of lush leather in a soft pearlized green. It is adorned with gold tone and silver tone studs along the wide shoulder strap and down the gussets on both sides. The black (zippered) interior is open, not sectioned, with one zippered pocket along the back. In very good condition, it shows some signs of light use, mostly in the form of minor wear to the studs here and there. Measurements as follows: strap 34" long, handbag - 12 1/2" wide by 3" deep by 10 1/2" high. Gorgeous and a very neutral color. $89.00
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Note: The photos didn't quite capture the soft green of this bag.
|Here's a great drawstring purse made of genuine leather by Etra. It features a black body with purplish/silver tinted trim along the rim, triangles along the bottom and when the drawstring is pulled, it forms an almost flower-like, wide decorative rim at the top. Black squiggle designs throughout are sewn with soft gold stitching. It measures 11" high by 10" wide and has a 49" strap. In very good condition. Circa 1980. $95.00
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|Deep red for a night on the town, this clutch purse (with thin shoulder strap that can be hidden inside) is made out of a tightly woven mesh fabric (over black) with rows of maroon/brown plastic dots in a chevron pattern. Measuring 10" wide by 6" high, it has a 41" strap, black interior with inner compartment and small pocket and a silver tone metal framed mirror attached to the outside front (covered by the snap flap when closed). The condition is good…there is one dot missing on the front and another on the back. Priced accordingly at $35.00
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|Hand made in China for Neiman-Marcus, this *killer* clutch purse boasts a gorgeous array of blue, green, red, black and clear seed beads on its elegant scalloped shape. Measuring 8" wide by 4 1/2" high, it has a single compartment, padded black interior and is in excellent, unused condition. $54.00
|Need a hand? How about two? This entirely hand adorned purse from San Francisco features a black velvet pouch with single compartment interior, lovely crocheted trim and purple lining. The exterior boasts a crocheted wreath on the back and a floral design on the front with crocheted leaves, deep purple rhinestone barrel and grape rondelles, molded ivory plastic floral panels and purple ribbon. The shoulder strap consists of two arms and two gloved hands, filled to real proportions. One hand has a bracelet with silver tone metal chains, a Nouveau-style fairy pendant and two simulated pearls. The top of the other arm has a lacey, floral adornment. Measurements as follows: strap - 28" long by 7" girth, pouch 15" high by 11 1/2" wide. This bag was a gift to me, have had it for almost 25 years. It is in very good condition, having never been used. $86.00...a fraction of it's original cost.
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Glove and bracelet
Floral panels and rondelles
Back of the bag
|By L.J. Simone, New York, this *fabulous* contemporary shoulder bag boasts the unbeatable look of studded black leather (?) and two strands of *HEAVY* gold tone metal straps. 9" wide by 8" high by 5" deep, it has a zippered interior side pouch, magnetic closure for the main pouch and is in very good, unused condition. There is some minor tarnish (I think of it as hard earned patina) on some of the studs…could probably be cleaned up if you prefer it that way. $85.00
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|Exceptionally lovely, this truly amazing 1920's beaded bag boasts a colorful cornucopia design on both sides…done entirely in seed beads. The interior is lined with a fuchsia/plum colored crepe material and has a single compartment with a small side pouch. The drawstring top has a dark sand colored, crocheted border with two tan rope-cord pulls/straps (each approximately 10" long when pulled tight). Measuring 9" high by 7" wide, it is in very good condition…the crepe lining does have a stain/fading at the top and there once was a fringe at the bottom of the bag. In my opinion neither of these detract from this fabulous treasure and you are certain not to run across many beaded bags of its caliber. $145.00
| Made of a butterscotch colored plastic with dark swirls throughout, this 6 5/8" wide by 3 3/4" long purse by "Hardy, Made in U.S.A." sports a brass clasp and fixtures and is just the right accessory for fans of great looking vintage plastics. In very good condition..slight surface scratching, consistent with age.
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