Bags collection in Antique Boutique Store

The first one, the best quality is amazing toupe-light brown snake skin purse. The bag comes from best glory time of Falchi in 1969-79. Designed by Carlos Falchi. Coming back into trendy chic. Excellent like new co ndition. Soft lamb leather interior. Simple elegance. Carlos Falchi (born September 26, 1944) is a Brazilian-born handbag and accessories designer known for his patchwork designs.  His business generates about $100 million a year in retail sales.Falchi’s bags often use skins such as phyton, alligator and ostrich.His main collection tends to be sold at upscale department stores for prices ranging from $1,500 to up to $5,000. He has won awards for accessory , and his accessories have appeared in several TV shows and movies.In 2009, American discount retailer Target contracted with Falchi to produce a line of ten lower priced bags, using synthetic materials, that were sold at Target stores for November and December 2009.

The one below is 1960 Camera bag  by Pierre Cardin, France. Real leather and real suede. Great brass lock and handle finish, not common in todays bag. Purpose of use? Not for camera obviously ( since we have all this tiny tools now….:-) beautiful, make yourself of your love one happy with this vintage treasure.

Pierre Cardin born Pietro Cardin, is  French fashion designer who was born on 7 July 1922 in Italy. Cardin was known for his avant-garde style and designs. He prefers rather geometric shapes and motifs, often ignoring the female form, keeping up with his art deco sense of style . He advanced into unisex fashions, sometimes experimental, and not always practical. He introduced the “bubble dress” in 1954. He is visioner and great entrepreneur, well known for branding all over the world Maxim’s  de Paris restaurants and not so long time ago hotels also.

Next two bags are fine example of Victorian style beaded purses. They are both handmade of course. The first one in France and second one in Hong-Kong. They are both in great shape. They are of course for sale in our on-line stores.


Below you can find some information about micro beads and its history.

Evidence of ‘glass’ beads have been around for thousands of years, with documental evidence from prior to 1000 A.D.  However “seed” beads made from ‘glass’ would appear to have come into existence between the years of 1200 and 1400 (centuries being considered 100 years, later 13th and 15th century).  Historical records indicate that the first “glass ‘seed’ beads” factories were developed in Venice, Italy.  Between the years of 1291 and 1292 the glass factories were moved from the main land of Italy to an island 3 miles offshore called “Murano”.  In later centuries, glass factories producing ‘seed’ beads were established in Bohemia (now known as the Czech Republic), France, Germany, Taiwan, Japan, and the America’s.

Astonishingly tiny and, now a days, extremely rare, “Micro”  (oft times referred to as ‘fine’) beads quit being produced in the latter 1800’s. Made from a variety of materials (glass, steel, aluminum, semi-precious gemstones and other metals/materials), beads were made by hand in a slow and tedious manner.

For glass beads, the procedure began with skilled artisans collecting glass on a blow rod or iron into which another rod was inserted.  Workers would stretch the glass by grasping one end and pulling it a distance of a hundred feet or more.  The glass was then rough-cut into smaller pieces.  The beads were then placed into a hopper filled with a slurry mixture, which smoothed the beads by an abrasive tumbling vibratory process.  Then the beads were slowly heated to approximately 700 degrees centigrade and precision ground.  They were sized by being sifted through a series of finely meshed screens.

A fascinating variety of colors and shades were achieved by adding aniline dyes, enamels, and gemstone dust, a process no longer used today.  When the entire procedure/process was concluded, only about 2 pounds of beads were produced, thus you can surmise why this type of bead manufacturing ceased. As well, colors basically came in these one run dye lots and could never be reproduced “exactly”, this makes some colors much more rare and valuable today.

Micro beads were used in embroidery and most popularized in knitting and crocheting Victorian style purses.  Introduced to the America’s by traders, they became known as “trade beads”  (though the much larger size beads were more abundant and more popular) and were exchanged with the Native Americans for their furs and blankets. Native Americans then started using the beads to embellish their clothing and regalia, replacing dyes and quills.  Little evidence of Indian beadwork can be found from the 1700’s but beadwork has been found to be quite prevalent by the mid 1800’s.  Native Americans also adapted their weaving techniques to utilize this new found medium and today is one of the most recognized forms of beadwork jewelry.The most common bead size made today is a size 11/0, which takes 100 to 150 beads to complete one square inch of work.  Micro beads (depending on size 16/0 through 24/0) take between 600 to 1000 beads per square inch of finished work.

The next interesting example is Whiting and Davis bag. Nicely designed alumesh bag. Frame made of celluloid with lock of hard metal sources in time of WWII. Great look and unique design. 11″ wide and 6″ long . Chain drop additional 7.5″.

Whiting & Davis are the next manufacturers  with a long history in mesh purses and other related products. This Fashion house made  enameled purses in vibrant colors including the classic Dresden enameling. Many purse styles in sterling silver were done there too. Some have puffy fringing and others have zigzag bottoms. Wartime production caused Whiting & Davis to shift focus to a partnership with Raytheon making essential radar equipment during the World War II years. But the late ‘40s and 1950s saw a return to the mesh purse business and a number of other items including purse ashtrays, wallets, and jewelry were made during this era. In that time W&D was using alumesh to make a bag like above.


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