Beaded and beautiful – one even had a pretty hankie tucked inside! (also found some old pennies) Vintage 1950’s – 1960’s, made in Hong Kong (of course!), made in U.S.A., too. All so clean and well-loved.
The beading is hand-done. The 1930’s – style on the bottom right has the brand name stamped onto the satin lining. The purse made in Hong Kong (bottom left) has, naturally, a silk lining. The larger handbag on top has fun plastic beads crocheted into raffia and Lucite trim. Big enough to hold all your daily needs.
I’m always so impressed by how well mid-century women cared for their clothing and accessories. Yes, it was sometimes an issue of economy – if you can only afford to have one “good” dress, preserving it becomes very important. However, way beyond that was a personal value placed on items of quality that were lovely to look at and wear and the wish to treat them with respect. I try to fill my closets with garments and their complements that inspire the same sentiment.
So, no careless coffee spills, scattered crumbs or dogs in my lap with these . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY