Beaded Flapper Purse Art Deco with Blue Bird & Rose Design 1920s
This vintage 1920s flapper purse has a wonderful beaded figural design with a royal blue bird as the central motif, surrounded by orange/red roses with green leaves on a gold color background.
The bluebird is a striking contrast and stands out well in the design. The bag is finished with a nice Art Deco geometric triangular design, rather than a loose, beaded fringe.
The purse frame is very nice and is decorated with roses and has a nice patina; the clasp is tipped with blue glass that matches the color of the bird.
I don’t see a weave under magnification, so I think the lining is of leather chamois or kid leather. There is also a small interior pocket.
Measurement: 5 3/4" across and 7 3/4" long (measured from the top of the frame to the bottom of the bag - not including the fringe). Total length, including the fringe is 8 1/4".
Condition: Good. The glass beading is mostly intact and the triangular trim is complete. There is one place where it looks like a thread broke and was maybe tied. It looks like all the beads remain, but I’m not 100% certain.
The bag is either a replacement on the frame or was very inexpertly done originally. Either way, it appears to be old thread so was done some time ago. Both corners, at the hinge area are “messy”. The lining is sturdy but is not attached behind the small pocket – yet I don’t see stitch holes.
Many of these old beaded handbags were done by hand, from patterns in ladies magazines or instruction booklets that were available in the 1920s and 1930s. Even with its flaws, it displays beautifully and has a particularly nice figural design. Please make certain to view the photos carefully and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.