Mandalian Mesh Purses – by Wendy Dager

Mandalian Mesh Purses – by Wendy Dager

Mandalian Manufacturing, maker of 1920s-1930s metal mesh handbags, is a name often mentioned in connection with another mesh bag manufacturer, Whiting & Davis (est. 1876, still in business). Whiting & Davis was located in Plainville, Massachusetts, and its...
Leather Tooled Purse

Leather Tooled Purse

This leather tooled  purse has a beautiful enameled clasp. The size is 6 x 7. The inside is very clean and even has a little mirror. It says Nocona bags and also has the 1917 and 1918 dates in the frame. The original strap is at the top, and then I added a beaded...
Perle fur Perle II

Perle fur Perle II

Sabina Schurenberg has written an important book on German and Austrian beaded purses, Perle fur Perle II. Perltaschen aus Munchen und Wien 1910-1935. It is now available. The cost, not including shipping, is 169.90 euros. It can be ordered through this link: ORDER...
2023 Gathering – Charleston SC

2023 Gathering – Charleston SC

The 2023 Gathering was held in Charleston/Mt. Pleasant, SC.   Charleston was a port city founded in 1670, and is defined by its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and pastel antebellum houses. Museums, historic homes, presentations, and some amazing purses...
Reuse and Recycle – article by Barbara Catanese

Reuse and Recycle – article by Barbara Catanese

Says Barbara: Even if I had been accustomed since my childhood to the idea of reusing, my wardrobe being based mostly on my cousins’ pre-worn clothes, I didn’t take much note of this process, as it was something perfectly natural to me.  When I became a collector I...