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PURSES HANDBAGS > PAGE 2

Pretty Vintage Velvet Purse, Metallic Bullion Peacock Zardozi Embroidered, 1920 - 30
Pretty Vintage Velvet Purse, Metallic Bullion Peacock Zardozi Embroidered, 1920 - 30

Material:  Velvet, Cotton, Metallic/bullion wire, thread, beads
Color:  Black velvet & polished cotton
           Gold & Silver wire/beads
           Cobalt, gold & pale celery embroidery
           Black & white cord handle,  
Size:  Length ~ 5 inches
         Height ~ 3 inches
         Width ~ 3/4 inch, expands to apx 1 inch +
Age:  1920s - 1930s
Origin:  India
Style:  Zardozi
Quantity:  1

A very nice earlier vintage, 1920 - 1930, handbag heavily embroidered / encrusted with gold and silver metallic wire work in  a style known as Zardozi.
Research indicates that Zardozi embroidery dates back to ancient times; painstakingly and delicately executed by hand using fabulous metallic embellishments, with very ornate pure silver and gold bullion thread work.   Often the more aesthetic and involved embroideries were used on court costumes and especially accessories like belts, shoes and handbags, such as this fine handled pocketbook style purse heavily encrusted in a traditional fancy peacock motif.
It is a nice quality example of the period and does not appear to have ever been used.
The purse features a soft black velvet body with a heavily decorated front flap in a peacock motif wire work embroidery and a snap closure.  The interior is lined with very nice quality smooth black cotton chintz, with one main gusseted compartment and a small side pocket.  There is a typical 1920s black and white silky cord handle, which can be tucked inside so the purse can be used as a pocketbook / clutch.  The purse back is solid, undecorated black velvet.
It is in very nice, seemingly unused condition, with no rips, tears, stains, etc.  A tiny bit of fuzziness to cord handle on one side where it attaches to purse body, simply due to years of storage and does not effect integrity.  All embroidery and metallic bullion, beads, wires, etc. remain in excellent, firmly attached condition, with good color.
A very nice earlier 20th century vintage example of the collectible Zardozi embroidered purse.  Many on the market today are modern versions made with plastic beads and other inferior imitation materials.

Pretty Vintage Velvet Purse, Metallic Bullion Peacock Zardozi Embroidered, 1920 - 30

$ 41.99

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