This fabulous antique silk purse is quintessential Art Deco in its boldly geometric beadwork - identical on both sides and featuring as the central motif a radiant sun. Even its base and strap are luxuriously beaded. What makes it even more special for us today is that the color scheme is extremely restrained for the period. Featuring only elegant shades of white, ivory and the dark silver of cut steel, it's a carry-with-anything bag you'll use again and again. Its size is unusually ample, too - about 8 1/4" x 5" - and it has expandable sides, as well as an interior pocket for the things you need to find quickly.
Although acquired in England, this treasure looks decidedly French to me, and of course the dating would be 1920s. Alas, it's condition - while impressive for its age - isn't perfect. (It would be museum-quality and enormously expensive, if it were.) There are a few minor bead losses, hard to notice, and the entire outer row of beads appears on close inspection to be missing on both sides. These would be simple repairs, if you're at all good with a needle. Thankfully, the lining of the pouch remains pristine, but the fabric covering the inner frame shows a few areas of rusty staining (which leads me to believe those beads that look like cut steel may be). A good dry cleaner might be able to remove those, or that portion of the bag could be relined. One hinge also needs a screw. When these minor bits of restoration are done, you'll have a bag worth two or three times the money and sure to keep increasing in value.
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