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Intricately Elegant French Charbet 1930 - 1940 Beaded Evening Purse

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I'm thrilled to offer you this elaborately beaded evening bag, hand made in France, during the approx. 1930 - 1940 era by one of those wonderful French designers, Charbet.

Charbet French beaded evening purse 1930 handbag

Purses, such as this one, express the true meaning of French elegance and high fashion, having all the appeal and personality that most woman would enjoy owning.

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Charbet beaded evening bag 1930 made in France  Charbet micro beaded evening handbag 1930 purse

This French beauty is heavily micro beaded, that is, the beads are extremely small and stitched very closely together, seeming to heap with dimension, with no background fabric showing whatsoever. It's hard to imagine the skill it took to hand bead this masterpiece and to bring this ornate pattern of tiny beads to completion. When I acquired this purse, it was obvious that it had been well used and loved, it needed some tender loving care. So if you have a problem owning a vintage French beaded evening handbag that has been professionally restored, then this is not a purse for you. However, currently the condition is extremely fine, in a state that I would want to own. I believe my photos are very good and speak volumes concerning the intricacy of workmanship, the various soft, pale pastels and the use of dark charcoal French metal beads for accent and contrast. There are a few shades of white on this purse, as well as ivory, pink, rose, and lavender. Although there wasn't a lot to be repaired on the body of this purse, the fully beaded handle was another story. That required extensive repair and it came out beautifully. Of course, it is not pristine, like when it was made, it does not have every bead that it had originally but it is marvelous, nonetheless.

Elegant Charbet beaded purse made in France 1930 1940  Charbet French beaded handbag 1930 evening purse

This frame is the lift up to open style that functions on a piano hinge which spans the full length of the frame. The beadwork on this frame is especially nice, complete and the shape of the frame is quite pleasing to the eye. The beading on the frame was originally applied with wire and it does appear that someone in the past secured it further. Everything is tight the way it should be. The gold tone metal is still nice but it is showing some occasional wear to the plating. The central arena is enhanced with a faux mother of pearl disc, I call it faux because I don't know for sure what it is. Through time, some of the paint had worn away so I did a little touching up with some enamel that I felt blended well with the remaining artwork. I also applied a clear top coat to seal the artwork and reduce the possibility of future loss. It's possible that there may still be a little paint wear but overall, it looks charming and quite a bit better than it did. There is a circular row of faux pearls around the disc, which I secured a little snugger, and they are showing normal, appropriate aging for being approx. 80 years young. The frame is structurally sound, opens and closes properly and suffers no distortions. The purse is well attached to the frame at all points, as I did re-stitched it in several areas. This purse carries with a softer fluid  hand and is roomy enough to handle all of your essentials.


These 2 photos show the extent of the pattern and how divine it is, all the way around and even the bottom of the purse is incredible.  A lot of effort and work went into making this purse and a lot of pleating was done at the frame line as well. The original, nearly white, interior satin lining suffers no damages or problems. It has one pocket, it's designer label marked Charbet made by hand in France. Upon close inspection of the lining, you can tell this purse was loved and carried, but this fabric suffers no tears or damages. I did professionally clean this purse for you, it is fully refreshed and overall, I find the entire handbag to be in very respectable condition. Stuffed with tissue, as shown, it measures approx. 5 inches in height by 9 1/2 inches at it's widest, it is 7  inches across the frame, the side gusset is about 2 inches wide and the beaded handle drops the purse by 4 1/2 inches. If you admire these vintage works of art, then consider owning this complex example of a hand made French Charbet designer beaded evening purse, it's a lovely and elegant wardrobe accessory that offers very soft feminine colors.

  Charbet elegant beaded evening bag French purse

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