Thursday, October 31, 2013

Orange Beaded Evening Purse

Orange Beaded Evening Purse. 1960s. No maker tag. Very pretty and very heavy (for its size) square evening bag with woven together dark and light orange beads. There are also dangles consisting of five beads hanging from it on both sides. No maker name but there is a label that says “Hand Made in Hong Kong.” Twisted beaded handle. Metal zipper. Lined in rayon.

Out of my entire collection, this was the most holiday-appropriate, pumpkin-like purse I could find for Halloween. My clothes, however, are a different story.

Like my shirt says, “Honey, anything in my closet could be a Halloween costume!”

Happy All Hallows' Eve!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Large Briefcase Style Gold Purse with Cameo

Large Briefcase Style Gold Purse with Cameo. 1960s. No maker tag. Gold lamè purse shaped like a briefcase, encased in a goldtone cage-like frame. On the front is a porcelain cameo of a romantic couple, surrounded by rhinestones. Gold lamè handle. Button-topped closure. Peach moiré interior.

No maker tag, but looks a lot like a Tyrolean, a very desirable and expensive purse manufacturer. My friends and I used to joke that we’ll know we've become old ladies once we love everything in gold—decorations (like the acrylic grapes on my dining room table), fixtures (the cherubs on my old lamp), and now, purses. I have a ton of them in gold. I’ve never used this one because it weighs too much even without stuff in it!