Beaded Handbag
selected from a grouping of four seen in this exhibition

Early 20th century
Credit Line:
Gifts from the collection of Ellen C. Fischer, Ph.D., 2014

In the late 19th century, many Americans applied for patents for metal purse frames and reticules fell out of style. Frames could be highly decorative, with faux gems or floral designs. Shops sold these types of purses readymade, but amateurs could also obtain floral and other patterns from fashion publishers.