Kooky Gambling Themed Purse. 1960s. Maker: Unknown. Drum-shaped bucket purse made with a combination of materials that include an exterior consisting of a primitive-style jute—or something similar that looks a hairy tree and feels like stiff plastic—beige woven fabric and brown trim stitching. It’s got a braided handle and loop closure and button-like accents. But the really terrific and extremely odd part is all the miniature stuff that’s glued to it: playing cards, faux coins, billiard balls, bowling pins, dice, a plastic clothespin, a plastic slot machine, gold-tone pistols in holsters, two packs of cigarettes and a gold-tone cigarette lighter.
I’ve seen a number of gambling-themed purses and I have a few (or more) in my collection, but this one is by far the weirdest. I’m considering taking it with me next time I play poker so I can use it as a distraction!