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Charming French Beaded Evening Handbag By Freddy of Paris

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What an adorable 1930's - 1940's French glass and steel beaded evening purse, made by hand in France, for the beloved designer Freddy of Paris.

Freddy of Paris beaded purse roses ribbin enameled frame vintage

This extra fine creation comes in an interesting pattern of pretty rosettes and is crowned with a stunning ribbon enameled French frame, all in remarkable condition.

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Vintage French beaded evening purse Freddy of Paris  Vintage 1930 1940 Freddy of Paris French beaded handbag

Let me start by saying what a difficult purse this was to photograph. The body of the purse is tightly gathered about the frame, along with a wide side gusset, creating a lot of puckers and dimension to it's shape, all casting shadows or discolors during photographing. This is a clean purse, no stains or discolorations to the exterior. Although my photos are still good, you can expect this purse to look a little nicer in person. With that said, this purse is comprised of tiny creamy glass seed beads that are almost white but they present themselves a bit more on the creamy side. The all over rosette pattern is lovely, having arches of French steel beads in the silver, gold and pewter tones. Not all my photos show these beads accurately, some want to show them more silver but the predominant tone is more on the slight golden side. The center of the flowers are heaping metal beads and maintain an excellent depth of deep ruby color. Yes, some of the metal beading has aged or loss color but for the most part, they are wonderful and are a fabulous shimmering addition. The beading is very close together, the roses are mounding, giving awesome dimension to this purse. After I took my photos, I noticed 2 or 3 beads missing but not to worry, I will restore them before sending this purse off to you.

Vintage Freddy French beaded purse ribbon enameled frame 

The bright golden, slightly arched, frame and round clasp have an appealing aura, as only the French ribbon frames do. The ruby rose enameling is so enchanting and adds a special quality to this already desirable purse. Set on a white enameled ground, the roses and leaves are stunning. I see little, if any, loss to the enameling. Some roses have a bit more enamel than others but basically, this frame is in superb condition for it's age. And the lift up to open clasp is as charming as the rest of the purse. All structural elements open and close as they should. The bag is well attached to the frame at all points and the ribbon enameling runs from hinge to hinge, all the way around the framing, how delightful. And it doesn't end, there is coordinating pastel beading that is heaping in layers under the metal ribbon enameling and twisted beading on the front and backsides of the frame, it's a work of art. Another intentional design feature on this purse is the use of slightly more pink to the roses on the backside of the purse compared to the front. It's somewhat hard to notice, study the photos, you'll see that the backside has slightly more pink to the roses. This is not because the front side has faded, glass colored beads do not fade, they simply used more pink or a slightly deeper pink on the backside.


This stylish and elegant French beaded evening bag is fashioned like the Victorian puffy purses so it has a wide bottom and side gusset. I love the shape, it is so absolutely adorable, you just want to hug it.  This purse carries with a medium soft hand, cozy and pliable. The original creamy satin interior lining is in gently used condition and shows some small signs of light discolor but it is not abused. It comes dressed with dual side pockets and the Freddy of Paris designer label. This purse has been professionally and thoroughly cleaned, it is ready for your enjoyment. Stuffed with tissue, as shown, it measures approx. 4 1/2 inches in total height, 7 1/2 at it's widest, 6 1/2 from hinge to hinge and the side gusset is over 3 inches wide, open the purse and the gusset is 5 inches wide.  The brassy toned snake link style carry handle drops the purse by 5 inches. Even though this is a bit of a smaller purse, it is roomy inside and will accommodate your basic essentials quite well. This is a lovable French hand made purse that will add charisma and character to your wardrobe accessories, and it's a Freddy of Paris designer vintage beauty,...... who can resist?

  Vintage Freddy of Paris designer beaded evening purse

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