Monday, November 10, 2014

Metal Filigree and Pink Plastic Child-Sized Pamart Box Bag

Metal Filigree and Pink Plastic Child’s Purse. 1950s. Maker: Pamart, Brooklyn, NY, USA. Adorable, tiny (5” wide by 3” high by 3” deep) filigree metal box bag with pink plastic (pretty sure it is not “Lucite,” as it is a thinner plastic) top and handle. Pink plastic rectangle inset at the bottom. Goldtone (now slightly tarnished) hardware.

My first Pamart purse! These are pretty pricey—even the tiny ones—so getting this for a reasonable price was very exciting. Granted, it's got some issues, but these are the type I only use for display and do not carry while I'm out. I save carrying for the heartier ones!

Here’s a link to Bag Lady University, with a brief explanation of Pamart purses, circa 1955:

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Three-Way Convertible Lumured Purse(s)

Three-Way Convertible Lumured Purse(s). 1960s. Maker: Lumured. This set consists of two bags; one can be turned inside out for the third bag. One side has the primary colored “candy dot” or “caviar” beads, and the other has pastel colored opaque beads. There’s another bag inside that has white and clear beads (note: the brown part is probably water damage). The white plastic handles unscrew to go on either of the three choices of handbag. Inside the white and clear beaded bag is a heavy cotton lining. Zip closure.

I’ve seen a lot of Lumured bags and have a few more, including one that’s reversible. This one is pretty special in that there are three bags to choose from—a very clever design!