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Antique Compact & Specialty Dance Purses
Evans Vanity Compact Bags & Minaudieres
Vintage Carry-all Handbags

Beaded, Mesh, Petit Point & Rhinestone Covered
Celluloid, Enameled, Cloisonn�, Jeweled & Embellished
1800's Victorian, 1900's Edwardian & Art Nouveau
1920's Art Deco & Flapper, 1930's - 1950's Carry-alls


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Purse Categories:

Beaded Purses

Beaded Scenes, Carpets Birds, Bugs, Animals

Box Purses
1930's - 1940's - 1950's

Change Purse &
Coin Holders

Compact Purses &

Elegant Evening Bags

Mesh & Metal Purses

Petit Point, Fabric &
Tapestry Purses

Rhinestone Handbags

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Linens & Textiles

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Personal & Wardrobe


Nippon, Noritake,
Occupied Japan

Other Porcelains

The Treasure Chest

Vanity Dresser Items


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Elegant Evening

Mesh and Metal

Rhinestone Studded

Scenics and Designs

Vanity Compact Bags

Purse Frames

Carryall compact purse with micro petit point figural scene 

Carryall Compact Purse with Figural Scenic Micro Petit Point

From the 1930 - 1940 era comes this outstanding example of
micro petit point, hand stitched with a figural romance scene,
tiny stitch count of approximately 1600 to the square inch,
fully loaded and original interior sports it's lipstick tube,
money purse holds it's celluloid comb, powder well with powder
and feather puff lifts to secret space, pull forward mirror is usable,
brassy case, clasp and slinky chain handle are in very good condition
wonderful compact carryall showing small aging and usage, a super gift,
click on the photo for more detailed pictures and description.

Item  1-128 D                   $295.00    Now $225.00          Place Order via Email

Sterling silver vanity compact dance purse early 1900's 

Early 1900 International Sterling Vanity Compact Purse

Gracious and classy sterling silver compact dance purse is stunning,
hard sided domed shape with adjustable wrist handle and frilly tassel,
interior is two sided with cigarette or accessory compartment, celluloid page
for writing gentlemen's names, make-up mirror, rouge and powder in their wells,
front of the case is beautifully detailed with Art Nouveau vase of flowers,
backside in plain sterling, all is cleaned and polished for your enjoyment,
minimal denting or outer flaws, mirror fairly good but has a corner crack,
handle and tassel are in very fine vintage condition, well attached, secure,
what a fabulous and hard to find compact vanity purse, super gift,
click on the photo for more detailed pictures and description.

Item  9-1025 C               $425.00    Now $295.00          Place Order via Email

Evans 1920 Compact vanity dance purse gold gilt over German Silver 

Awesome 1920's Evans Compact Vanity Dance Purse, Complete

The flapper era brought forth some really remarkable compact purses,
this example is a wonderful collector's treat from the renowned Evans Company,
stunning two tone effect with bright gold tones and German Silver,
signed and marked Evans Nickel Silver but appears to be gold gilded as well,
fabulous etched front side, embossed edges and engine turned golden backside,
interior boasts it's original celluloid comb in it's swing arm and clear mirror,
has original powder with puff and original rouge with puff, all gently used,
beautiful herringbone style chain carry handle and a snug tight clasp,
amazing condition, this compact vanity purse has survived so very well,
a special treasure for any purse collection measuring 1� by 3 inches,
what a wonderful piece, would make a great gift, not likely found again,
click on the photo for more amazing pictures and interesting details.

Item  0-120 A               $345.00    Now $255.00          Place Order via Email

Vintage 1940 1950 mother 0f pearl covered compact carryall vanity purse

Evans Mother-of-Pearl Covered Carry-all Compact Vanity Purse, ca. 1940

Striking mother-of-pearl shell covers nearly all surfaces of this carryall purse,
a 1940 - 1950 Evans creation that is radiant with pinks, greens, blue and ivory,
metal case is rich in gold tone with a sturdy, solid mesh carry handle,
interior is fully loaded with lipstick, comb, coin slot, powder well and puff,
good clear mirror, separate compartment for credit cards and accessories,
superior vintage condition, barely a flaw, looking unused and well preserved,
can't find them better, click the photo for more fabulous details and pictures.

Item  0-812 I                   $325.00    Now $255.00        Place Order via Email

Whiting Davis figural compact mesh purse with puffs, comb and mirror

Stunning Art Deco Whiting & Davis Compact Mesh Vanity Purse

You will be delighted with this "harder to find" compact purse
from the Whiting & Davis Company of Plainville, MA, ca. 1920's
the black and white Deco enameled pattern is crisp and complete,
the compact top is clean with all the original components in place,
a clear make-up mirror, both powder & rouge wells with puffs,
the unusual celluloid comb is in it's own swing out sleeve,
condition is all you could hope for, without damages or wear,
nice and clean inside and out, a vintage treasure for the collector
click on the photo for more pictures and additional details,
this purse is also listed in our mesh purse category.

Item  7-818 N           $1195.00   Now $845.00      Place Order via Email

Elegant Vintage Evans Mesh Vanity Compact Purse

Wonderful 1930's Evans golden vanity compact bag,
mesh attributed to the Whiting & Davis Company,
striking Art Nouveau styled sculpted raised floral top,
original interior lining and both puff applicators,
original rouge intact, metal mirror still good,
all hinges are secure, clasps close snugly,
mesh is all intact, connected and shiny,
no visible damages, excellent vintage condition.

Item  7-830 C            $265.00    Now 195.00   
   Place Order via Email

Vintage 1940's dual shaped mother of pearl compact vanity carryall purse

Fabulous Mother of Pearl Vintage Compact Carry-all Purse

Fully loaded 1930's - 1940's vanity compact carry-all purse,
features mother-of-pearl shell in multiple styles and Art deco shapes,
interior mirror, attached lipstick tube, change purse holds it's comb,
clean unused powder well and make-up puff, storage compartments,
gold tone metal case shows minimal aging, bright chain handle,
all elements in good order, couple small spots on the mirror,
really nice vintage condition, a great wardrobe accessory,
click on the photo for more about this exceptionally nice purse.

Item  9-1013 C             $275.00    Now $215.00         Place Order via Email

Vintage compact carry all purse with blue rhinestones

Extraordinary Vintage Rhinestone Compact Carry-all, ca. 1940 - 1950

Exceptional and rare vintage vanity compact carryall purse,
covered in claw set bright radiant blue rhinestones and
bordered with three rows of faux pearls, all secure and intact,
brass tone case has a heavy slinky snake style chain handle,
interior is complete with unused powder puff and comb,
lipstick and coin holders, excellent condition, it's a gem
click the photo for more pictures and description.

Item  7-830 B                 $295.00   Now $235.00        Place Order via Email

Vintage rhinestone compact carryall purse by Wiesner

Sparkling Wiesner Vintage Compact Carry-all Rhinestone Purse

Wonderful 1940 -1950 designer compact carryall vanity purse
covered with bright, clear, sparkling claw set rhinestones,
brass tone case with snake style chain carry handle,
complete interior with unused powder puff, mirror, lipstick, comb,
cigarette & hidden compartments, excellent condition, it twinkles,
very nice vintage condition, a Wiesner Trickettes beauty,
click on the photo for more exciting details.

Item  7-818 G                  $275.00  Now $225.00        Place Order via Email

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