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Walborg Fully Embroidered Evening Purse, ca. 1950

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This mesmerizing, 100% hand stitched, hand embroidered silk purse was made in France, especially for the esteemed purse designer Walborg, during the very early 1950's.

Vintage 1950 Walborg fully embroidered figural scenic purse

Although this purse is designed to appear from the 1920's, I believe it was one of the earliest of the Walborg purses and not many of these embroidered bags have ever been available.

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Walborg satin stitched embroidered purse   Walborg hand stitched purse French embroidery 2 scenes

This is only the second of these Walborg embroidered bags that I have ever seen. This purse, is the first of the Walborg  satin stitched purses that I have been blessed to acquire. These 100% silk embroidered purses were hand made in very limited quantities, so few ever become available. I am positive that the next owner of this purse will cherish it through their lifetime and see it as the amazing work of art that it is. This is the type of purse that one could spend days studying. When it comes to meticulous workmanship, this purse takes the top prize. As good as my photos might be, they simply don't do this purse justice. The stitches appear as short satin stitches, very fine silk threading, shines like satin. Colors are much crisper than my photos. I see no real issues with this purse; no wears, tears, stains, frays or even signs of age to mention.

 Walborg vintage 1950 embroidered scenic purse  Walborg hand embroidered figural scenic purse

Each side of this purse depicts a different figural scenic setting with each having a unique architectural element in the background. Both sides are simply magnificent and depict gala gatherings of dancing couples. The front side also shows a man holding, what appears as, musical instruments in his hands. The costuming is incredible, the colors are endless and without fading, it's been a long time since I have seen stitches and workmanship as fine and precise as this. I'm showing you lots of photos so you can see for yourself all of the lovely characteristics and intricate details that went into the making of this purse. My photos are very good and show you exactly what to expect. This purse has my heart but is available to be loved, enjoyed and properly preserved for another 65 or more years. I am thrilled that it's previous owner carried it only a few times and then properly stored it away for maximum protection.

 Walborg evening handbag French embroidery 2 scenes  Walborg embroidered purse large marcasite clasp

I did professionally hand clean this purse. That was a little unnerving but the results are astounding. Even though this purse was well preserved, it was stored for decades so it did give up what I call "atmospheric dirt" that tends to accumulate in and behind the lining. Currently, this purse is a clean and refreshed artifact that none are likely capable of stitching today. The frame is another exciting feature of this purse, a perfect crown and has plenty going for it. The golden brassy frame is stenciled in black with a crisp feathery wheat and flower design, looks perfect. The lift up to open, fold over clasp is the epitome of a 1920's piece of marcasite jewelry and makes the perfect embellishment for this purse with all mechanical elements functioning as they should. This is one of the most gorgeous embroidered purses I have seen in awhile, totally splendid.

 Walborg figural scenic embroidered purse  Hand embroidery Walborg satin stitched scenic purse

Other fine features are the perimeter side/bottom gusset with it's graceful flowing floral display and it's quality satin lining with lots of double walled pockets and slots for things like a comb, lipstick or change purse.  There may be a little bit of patina on the satin lining, where it is stitched to the frame and touches the metal but really nothing offensive at all. Stuffed with tissue, this purse measures 8 1/2 across the bottom, almost 8 3/4 across the frame, side gusset is 7/8 of an inch and the carry twisted chain handle drops the purse by over 5 inches. This is not a purse that will carry too much, but definitely the essentials, over stuffing is not be recommended. This purse looks fabulous, I see no flaws, missing stones, snags, stains or other issues, in any form, that might take away from this purse. Thank you for spending your time to get to know this rare French hand embroidered Walborg purse and for considering adding it to your elegant wardrobe accessories.

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