The piecrust purse received it's name because it is hand knit in pie shaped pieces, made inclusively with a distinct and contrasting outer border which defines the crust and gives authenticity to the purse. This purse has nine pie shaped pieces, all knit and sewn together to form the purse. Many purses were knit with the pie shaped pieces but if the purse does not have the defining outer perimeter crust, it is not a true piecrust purse. The micro glass beads that were used to knit this bag are quite small and help to date it's origins from the very late 1800's to the turn of the 1900's. I believe my photos do a very good job of depicting the complex patterns, floral displays and colors. The pie is dynamic with it's deep red tones spiraling out from the red and two toned white beaded center, which gives a layered impression. The beading is rather snugly knitted, affording a very interesting and dimensional outward showing of bead work.
The silver toned arch shaped frame may be silver plated and has some light to moderate tarnishing but not too bad, I could attempt a gentle cleaning but I don't really want to fiddle with it much, as the patina appears very natural. The frame is overlaid with bands of open pierced metal work which is exhibiting well in my photos. The purse and the lining are secure to the frame at all points and the purse is very clean and well kept. I have looked it over several times with a magnifier and I find no fault with this purse, no previous repairs, no stains or discolorations, no snags, no missing beads.
The bottom of the purse has it's original fringes, very full, frilly and interlocking, all seeming to be secure and well intact. The fringes are marvelous and how fabulous to have it all unharmed, so rare with these antique piecrust purses. The interior maintains it's original blue fabric lining, with gathered trimming and I must say, how very pretty and beautiful it is. I find no flaws with the interior, no stains nor any signs of usage or relevant aging.
The last two photos show both sides of the purse, which are identical. This is a rare treat to find a piecrust in this splendid condition. I purchased this purse from a private collection and it was very well cared for, never carried, just loved and admired. Not including the fringe, this sweet purse measures 7 inches in height by 6 inches in width, the fringes add another 1¼ inches in length and the chain handle drops the purse by about 5 inches. If you've been looking for that perfect piecrust purse, as close to pristine as possible, please consider this exceptionally well made example, there are no disappointments with this purse.
Item 1-45 B $1695.00 Now $1395.00 Place Order via Email
Handbags, the 1940's versus
The Purse and the Peacock
Micro Beaded Mania
Another Fine Mesh You've
Gotten Me Into
Glue is Worse Than a Four
Visit Purse Street
In accordance with my return policy, I accept credit card payments through Paypal, checks and money orders.
Copyright 1998-2013 All Rights Reserved.