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Maria Stransky Austrian Boxy Style Petit Point Purse

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When it comes to  mesmerizing petit point Austrian handbags, these 1930's boxy styled purses, from the famed Austrian studios of Maria Stransky, will deliver that effect.

Maria Stransky petit point box purse with matching accessories 

Many months of meticulous micro petit point hand stitching went into this marvelous creation, made especially for the upscale shops of Spritzer & Fuhrmann, as labeled.


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Maria Stransky petit point purse with compact, card case, lipstick  Maria Stransky petit point boxy purse with matched accessories

This particular example, from the Queen of Petit Point, has some very unique characteristics, starting with it's deep jet black backgound color. My photos are not over edited, the shade of this black is so intense, it pops the intricate and stunning floral arrangement. I believe this purse even looks richer in person. Even more exciting is the inclusion of it's original petit point accessories. I have been preserving purses for nearly 20 years, these types of purses are very elusive, I acquire perhaps one each year, maybe. This purse is in excellent antique condition and I have thoroughly cleaned every aspect that I could without challenging the integrity of the items. Every detail on this purse is amazing, I can't imagine the time it must have taken to bring this masterpiece to completion, the intricacies and details are fabulous.

Maria Stransky petit point  Petit point compact, card case, lipstick Maria Stransky

The petit point on this purse are those very tiny stitches, likely 1600 to the square inch, as is to be expected on a purse of this caliber. This purse is truly a work of art that few embroiderers are capable of accomplishing in today's world of hand worked embroidery. The added treat of receiving the accessories with this purse, makes this a "must consider" purse. The extras are the powder compact. I cleaned this as best as I could. It has a great beveled mirror and the puff and screen looks like they held powder once and was probably never refilled. The cigarette/card case looks wonderful. The lipstick tube is lovely with etched designs. It holds the remains of it's original lipstick and I recommend these old lipsticks tubes be used for decorative use only. All of the petit point and fabrics used on the accessories are perfect. The interior is lined with a high quality silky satin fabric. There are several slots and pockets, 1 holds a comb. There is a small lipstick smudge near the tube holder that would not clean out, it is hardly noticeable. The interior is fun and basically very clean.

Maria Stransky petit point box purse with matched accessories   Maria Stransky micro petit point box purse

The size of the lipstick is 2 1/4 inches, the compact and case are 3 1/4 by 2 1/2 inches.  The entire purse measures 8 3/8 from side to side, 5 1/4 top to bottom and the handles rise above that by 1 3/4 inches. The depth, or thickness, is just a mere 3/4 of an inch. All of the metal hardware appears as brass and has a lovely vintage patina. There are petit point bands around the entire purse, front, back, bottom and sides, so there isn't too much metal exposed, just enough. I don't see any issues with any of the petit point, it all seems very secure, bright, clean and colorful. Please know that these purses were never intended to carry anything that has any real thickness to it. It is meant to carry a handkerchief and similar flat or small soft items. Over stuffing will cause damage. These purses were carried to events like the opera or black tie gatherings.

Petit point purse Maria Stransky   Maria Stransky handbag with accessories

If I had to find something to mention, it is a shallow short wrinkle at the bottom of the petit point. The petit point is not damaged. This is so hard to see that I am not even going to tell you what side of the purse it is on since you will likely need to tip it just right to the light to notice it. My photo above magnifies it for clarity but this is not an issue in my picky opinion, I couldn't see it at first, I felt it. This purse has been in storage and is in exquisite, barely used condition. You can see that most of this purse is covered in micro petit point including both sides of the handles. The lift up to open silver toned clasp is beautifully pierced and shaped. The Maria Stransky, Queen of Petit Point label, speaks for itself. Thank you for seriously considering this marvelous purse. It is the only one of it's kind that I currently offer. Past experience has proven that I don't get to keep these very long, so............ ENJOY!

Maria Stransky  Maria Stransky petit point purse compact lipstick card case

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