Posted 2 years ago
I've had this little Lucite egg-shaped "bubble" purse for years, after begging a lady at an antique store to convince the out-of-state consignee sell it to me after coveting it for a few months (I paid $80 then, approx. 15 years ago). I've looked EVERYWHERE, online and off, to try and find something about its origin, in vain. It's unmarked, no label, no etching. I KNOW it's not a Judith Leiber because its gold frame is slightly different, and the clasp and chain as well... It does have real gold in the metal frame and chain as it both still retain the brightness and color of true gold (unlike the 'greying' of alloy or cheaper metals), although it's showing some age in areas. The clear lucite is still fine, although it could probably use a professional cleaning to bring out the crystal-clear sparkle. When it was sold to me, it was described as 'Victorian Lucite Egg Purse', but I'm not certain that's accurate (was Lucite even around, pre-20th century??) so I'm guessing 20's to 50's. Can anyone help me discover this pretty purse's identity? And could this be the inspiration for Judith Leiber's spot-on version, decades later? ;-)
Size of the Lucite "egg" is approximately 5 and 1/2" length by 4" diameter width...
Gold chain is approximately 32" long and hooks to the purse on the top, either side of the clasp.
Snaps open and close well. The clasp is a 'ring' and 'ball' affair, and can be seen in some of the pictures.