Spectacular, roomy and in sensational condition, this gala evening purse of rich black velvet encrusted with golden embroidery and braided cording came from England and has a splendid "Days of the Raj" look. This luxurious form of stitchery called "Zardozi" is characteristic of India and the Middle East. There are no labels, so it could well have been custom-made.
For convenience of use, slide lid bags are in a class of their own: The top simply slides up and down the cord handles to open and close! Novel handbag forms were characteristic of the 1950s, so that's my best guess on dating. Despite approaching 70 years old (soon to be antique by American 75-year standards), this bag is in immaculate condition. Even its heavy moire silk interior shows no flaws. Size is an ample 7 inches by 7 inches and it's 1 1/2 inches thick at the top, 2 inches at the bottom. The handles are about 19 inches long.
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