Beaded purses of various shapes and sizes were a popular fashion accessory during the 19th and 20th centuries. These fabulous vintage glass beaded purses were featured in Home Needlework Magazine in 1901. The round chatelaine beaded bags were a popular DIY project for ladies at home. Illustrated instructions were readily available in women’s magazines, often accompanied with color photographs.
Although the antique purse designs are more than 100 years old, many of these antique beaded purses would make a unique and elegant accessory for a night on the town. Crafted in your choice of color glass beads, each glass beaded purse design can beautifully compliment your night-out ensemble.
Hollow Star Design Chatelaine Bag, c.1901
Second in popularity to the solid steel bead antique purses of the early 20th century are those purses of steel beads on black. The angel’s head in the center of the star makes a very pretty finish.
Crocheted Beaded Silk Purse, c.1901
This antique purse design features a wreath of opal beads on a background of blue. This style of chatelaine bag is mounted with silver tops.
Coral Bead Coin Purse, c.1901
A little chatelaine antique purse sufficiently large for coins was often a great convenience. This one is made of coral beads on a dark red silk, and is made to fit a 2-1/2 inch top.
Empire Wreath Chatelaine Bag, c.1901
This is a similar design to the blue antique purse, but by the use of green iridescent and gold beads and a heavy gilt top, an entirely different effect is secured.
Opal Bead Chatelaine Bag, c.1901
A white opalescent bead was used for working this sparkling bag. The applied ornament in the center front is a very effective feature. The frame has a French gilt finish, which does not tarnish.
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