Paving the front of this elegant English evening purse are clear sequins, each secured by a tiny black bead, and more black beads form a gorgeous flower-and-leaf design in high relief. Even the back has beading, for a total look of sheer luxury. The bag's shape is fascinating, too; its front panel lifts to reveal a deep pouch of heavy black satin, which recloses simply by folding over - a clever design that holds a *lot*. Unfolded, it measures about 9" x 9 1/2" and, folded, it's a sleek 5" x 9 1/2".
Although its condition is like new, its "EMPIRE MADE" label suggests significant age. While I'm not sure exactly when this designation was in use, it's been a while since England regarded itself as Imperial. Empires pretty much went "out" right after World War II. Foldover bags were very popular around 1950, too, so that adds up for dating. Provenance of this beauty is an antiques dealer near Cambridge in East Anglia.
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