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.)
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