Antique French Leather Purse

Early 19th Century Leather Purse  For sale is a ca. 1820 French leather purse with its original cut steel chain and steel key clasp. The lyre is also cut steel and of the period. The small steel piece on the front body is missing a small section and is a basket of...

The Torse Bead

Surprise treasure - the TORSE  BEAD    Author: Vicki Schwager  So.... what is it? And, why would a purse collector want it? “Torse” is French for twist. A torse bead is a twisted metal bead, more precisely a twisted French Steel Bead. Some silver and gold ones are...

Member Profile – Frieda Piechnick

Although hers looks like a lifetime collection, Frieda Piechnick only started collecting celluloid purses 7 years ago.  She makes purses for some of her purse frames, and they are works of art.  This is a bit about Frieda along with some jaw-dropping photos you won't...

Pain in The Purse by Wendy Dager

“Pain in The Purse: The Tax That Changed Hand-bag History” is a micro-history that explores the"forgotten" 20 percent US federal excise "luxury"tax placed on handbags in 1944. It was reduced to10 percent in 1954 and finally repealed in 1965, buttwenty years of FET had...
Albuquerque Gathering 2022

Albuquerque Gathering 2022

Purse Provenance, Purse Auction, Santa Fe, Purse Bazaar,  Plains Indian Beadwork, Native American Beader, Navajo Rug Purses.  What do these have in common?  The 2022 Gathering of course! Registration was e-mailed to APCS members April 26, including hotel information....