PURSE BOOKS

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...

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Perle fur Perle II

Perle fur Perle II – by Sabina Schurenberg

There was a PowerPoint Presentation given at the APCS Gathering in Charleston on 10/13/23.  It offers highlights from Sabina Schurenberg's soon-to-be-available book, it is her third and final venture into the history of German beaded purses.   To view the Powerpoint...

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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 It was reduced to10 percent in 1954 and finally repealed in 1965, buttwenty years of FET had...

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Book Review: The Pocket

Book Review: The Pocket

Book Review The Pocket - A Hidden History of Women’s Lives by Barbara Burman and Ariane Fennetaux  Barbara Burman and Ariane Fennetaux have written the first comprehensive examination of pockets, a costume accessory worn exclusively by women. This is a scholarly work...

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Carry Me: 1950’s Lucite Purses: An American Fashion

Carry Me: 1950’s Lucite Purses: An American Fashion

Celebrate the fabulous fashions of the 1950s and 1960s with a book devoted to the glory of the Lucite handbag. “Carry Me” by Janice Berkson is packed with 160 pictures of these trendsetting acrylic plastic handbags. More than a coffee table book, “Carry Me” also traces manufacturers and designers, shows photos of original ads and more.

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Review: Artistic Leather of the Arts and Crafts Era

Review: Artistic Leather of the Arts and Crafts Era

Book by Daniel Lees Review by Jennifer Whitehair Available for purchase from: Amazon, On sale for $40.59 In the antique and collectibles market the accepted age at which an item moves from vintage to antique is 100 years old. So it comes as no surprise that leather...

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Review: Perle für Perle

Review: Perle für Perle

In the history of textiles and especially costume, there are few books that qualify as scholarly and groundbreaking. Sabina Schürenberg’s book, Perle für Perle, is one such book.

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Review: Fashion: A History from the 18th to the 20th Century (2 Volume Set)

Review: Fashion: A History from the 18th to the 20th Century (2 Volume Set)

This is the first fashion book we have reviewed here at the APCS and what a book to start with. This two-volume, hardbound edition weighs in at a whopping 18 pounds of fashion. It’s important to understand that this set, while hefty and choked full of photos is basically a coffee-table edition on steroids. You’ll get lavish photos, a wealth of captions but not an in-depth analysis of these period of fashion.

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Review: Handbags: The Making of a Museum

Review: Handbags: The Making of a Museum

Judith Clark’s superb book, Handbags: The Making of a Museum, is a unique and compelling treatment on the object of our affections: the purse. Besides picturing the entire collection of approximately 300 purses, chapters are also devoted to a discussion of the actual creation and design of the museum, including the making and posing of the mannequins …

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