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Royal Purses

Royal Purses

ROYAL PURSES Author: Barbara Catanese   Purses that belonged to particular people are always charming; as for me I have a deep penchant for history.  Therefore when, some time ago, I succeeded in acquiring this purse, I was overwhelmed by strong emotions. As you...

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A Woman Seen Through The Eye of Her Needle

A Woman Seen Through The Eye of Her Needle

A woman seen through the eye of her needle: A reflection on the importance of workbags in the past centuries Author: Barbara Catanese Rome, 18th May 2017 “A workbag seems to be such a common name for a lovely creation” and indeed the seventeenth and even more the...

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Antiques Roadshow appraises $5,000 purse

Antiques Roadshow appraises $5,000 purse

Antiques Roadshow recently featured a Walton & Company beaded purse appraised at $4,000 – $5,000. It has jade plaques and is 18K gold. This isn’t the first time the Roadshow has featured a purse. Catch up Antiques Roadshow’s purse appraisals

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Iroquois Beaded Purses

Iroquois Beaded Purses

By Richard Green, Bead Society of Great Britain
A wide range of beaded purses and other articles of beadwork were made by Iroquois peoples over several decades of the 19th century for the souvenir market in the North American Northeast. They were sold to early European and Euro-American visitors to the region at tourist venues such as Niagara Falls, Saratoga Springs, and in the vicinity of Montreal.

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The Art of the Bead

The Art of the Bead

By Terri Lykins
Many of us have been avid beaded purse collectors for many years, even decades. As a purse collector and restorer, I thought it might be fun to go a bit deeper into the artistic aspects of purse design by describing the different types of beads that were used to construct our bags, and what these finishes and cuts bring to the overall effect of the finished design.

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Men’s Purses

Men’s Purses

By Barbara Catanese
I think that most of us have mainly or exclusively women’s purses in one’s own collection, but I love men’s purses as well, since not only in the past they were very rich and elaborate but especially because following their path we can rebuild men’s fashion better and imagine what kind of men they were, their way of living, character and hobbies.

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