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Fabulous Rare Victorian Wood and String Shopping Basket

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Textiles: Accessories: Pre 1900   item# 99118

Fabulous Rare Victorian Wood and String Shopping Basket
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


$365 SALE (Reduced from $445)
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(& Gift Wrap if Desired)
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Ingenious, those Victorians! Here's one for the almost-beyond-belief department: a 19th century English carry-all of black cord and ebonized bentwood that's practically a piece of HAND LUGGAGE - and yet weighs almost nothing and even collapses to a size (about 9" x 8 1/2" x 1" thick) that we can store in almost any modern purse. When open, it's MASSIVE: roughly 13 1/2" long, 14" tall and 5 1/2" thick.

This treasure could be the star of anyone's handbag collection but, if you actually want to use it, you can. Astoundingly, it's in fabulous condition, showing only the slightest signs of wear.

Please e-mail for additional photos and be amazed by this rare and wonderful contraption, which I expect will find a home as a fascinating prop for film or stage productions, unless a passionate collector snatches it up first. Thanks for looking!



Rare Edwardian Beaded Purse w/ Superb Filigree Frame

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Textiles: Accessories: Pre 1910   item# 99089

Rare Edwardian Beaded Purse w/ Superb Filigree Frame
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


$135
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Everything about this treasure screams *Edwardian* - the delicate sumptuousness of its frame that opens like a box; the miniscule size of the micro-beads and their romantic pastel colors, as well as the delicate sumptuousness of its frame that opens like a box and has a diagonally-mounted chain pretty enough to be a necklace. The ribboning floral pattern of the beadwork (identical on both sides) has Art Nouveau lines, executed with the uncommon lightness and restraint of the Edwardian era. An added plus is that it's quite large for an evening bag: about 8 inches by 7 inches, with a 20-inch chain.

How I wish this jewel of a bag were in perfect condition! You honestly don't notice the flaws except on close inspection, since there's so much beauty to see, but some fraying exists, mainly near the top, with small areas in which beads have been lost. Even so, it's a treasure with lots of wear left in it - and well worth restoring, if you have the skill or know someone who does. It needs only moderate restoration to be museum-quality and its exquisite antique floral filigree frame of this purse is worth far more than our price for the bag. (I've seen antique purse frames without a scrap fabric and not half so unusual priced elsewhere online at $300-400.)

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping and gift wrap is always free when desired. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!


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