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    Posted 11 years ago

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    I would like to know if anybody could enlighten me on this item I inherited years ago. It is priceless to me because of who it came to me from, but I would like to know more about it, as in country these are made, date, anything else of relavance. Thank-you

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    1. pickrknows pickrknows, 11 years ago
      Thank-you scandinavian_pieces!
    2. solver solver, 11 years ago
      It is a beautiful bag and the best part is the wonderful memories it gives you.

      It's a beaded drawstring bag known as a reticule. It's hard to tell from the photo but it appears the beads are glass and the top, known as the header, looks to be knitted (or it could be crocheted, hard to see) with a cord drawn through in order to close it and use as a handle. Again, the photo doesn't show it, but it possibly had a beaded tassel attached to the bottom.

      It's difficult to date these bags and determine the country of origin unless they have specific characteristics in the design, frame (which yours doesn't have), and construction. Many were made in Germany, Czechoslovakia, Italy, and France. I am far from an expert, and am guessing it's circa 1890-1910.

      For reference purposes only, here is an example of a Germany banded floral beaded reticule.
      SEE ITEM NO. 9:
    3. pickrknows pickrknows, 11 years ago
      Thank-you so much solver, you are an asset to the site!This is a great link, helps with having so many pictures of diff. styles, now i can even identify a "reticule",never even heard of that before! Thanks again, bernie
    4. pickrknows pickrknows, 11 years ago
      Thanks officialfuel!
    5. solver solver, 11 years ago
      My pleasure, bernie. You could hang it on the wall (just hook the cord handle over a small nail) or, since vintage and retro fashion is so "in," let your your wife, daughter, or significant other use it as a unique evening bag.
    6. pickrknows pickrknows, 11 years ago
      Hey solver, thanks again. I'll probably end up putting it in a curio cabinet when I get around to making one . My wife & daughter are not into "vintage" or "antique" whatsoever, they would likely chuck all my "treasures" first chance they got!
    7. pickrknows pickrknows, 9 years ago
      Thank-you mustangtony & Moonstonelover21 for the "love"!!
    8. Lambda55, 7 years ago
      Lots of admiration for those who do that work ! I've attempted bead work and
      No Way ! Way Too Tedious ! It's Just fabulous ! I wanna touch it ! Thanx :..:"

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