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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...

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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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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...

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A History of Fashion Artist Maria Monaci Gallenga

A History of Fashion Artist Maria Monaci Gallenga

This fascinating article by Barbara Catanese highlights the life & history of Maria Monaci Gallenga.  Born in Rome in 1880, she became a forerunner of artistic fashion style during the Austrian Secession and the Italian Renaissance.   Read all about Maria: Flashes...

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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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Plastic Purses – article by Wendy Dager

From (the always-entertaining) Wendy Dager of The Vintage Purse Museum: As promised, here's the link to the article I wrote about plastic handbags for The Vintage Purse Museum. It's very long and there were a lot of complexities (which I tried to simplify because I'm...

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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...

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La vie en rose – A Tribute to Women by BARBARA CATANESE

La vie en rose – A Tribute to Women by BARBARA CATANESE

The twentieth century saw the beginning of a new era when women, more independent and self-confident, especially after the end of the first World War, were finally able to succeed in many fields, even in the artistic one, regaining the many centuries they had been compelled to stay at home with scarce, if any, schooling.

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In The Shadow Of The Convents by Barbara Catanese

In The Shadow Of The Convents by Barbara Catanese

IN THE SHADOW OF THE CONVENTS  Since the Middle Ages, both convents and monasteries have been the only beacon of light all along those difficult centuries, with monks copying classical books again and again and nuns preserving the arts of embroidering and lacemaking....

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History of a Purse Maker: Schwestern Landsberger to Marketa

A few years ago I bought a micro petit point purse that has a sterling frame with marcasites and tiny pearls, and scrolled initials on the clasp.  It’s very well made.  The interior tag reads: Schwestern Landsberger Wien IX. Porzellangasee No. 43.  In the pocket is a...

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