The tones on this purse are the various shades of grays, all the way from extremely light to charcoal, along with a little black and an almost white ivory mixture. The detailed scene is worked on an ivory background and because of it's age, it has somewhat of an antiqued ivory tone primarily at the outer most edges. The front and back scenic panels are not stained or discolored in the least but the bottom and side perimeter band has some age related discolor, more so to the corners. I am fairly pleased with these photos, as monochrome purses are sometimes difficult to capture correctly. The central theme is a park like setting, with a monument in the background and a lady feeding a swan in the foreground, as well as 3 other figures. The scene is the same on both sides of the purse and the stitches are complete, without splitting, tearing or apparent wear. The scenery is bordered by a garland of lush roses, framed like a picture window. The small stitches come tightly together and have a count of 32 stitches to the inch or over 1000 stitches to the square inch, which is considered micro in size. This purse has been professionally and thoroughly cleaned, nice and fresh, no old odors.
The silver toned frame has a lovely textured or brushed effect to the metal, somewhat plain and does not compete with the purse for attention. The kissing clasp and frame are nice and bright, without damage, straight and working properly. All aspects of this purse are well attached to the frame as they should be, hinges are sound and the kissing clasp functions normally. This purse carries very well and has a medium hand, the petit point is not stiff nor is it too soft. This purse measures a smaller size at 7½ inches wide by 5 inches from the top of the clasp to the bottom, the side gusset is at least ¾ of an inch and the carry chain handle drops the purse by 6½ inches.
This view of the bottom of the purse shows that the outer perimeter is more aged than the remainder of the purse, along with some discolor at the corners and sides but the petit point itself is undamaged. Photoes tendto brighten, tipping your screen back will likey show this discolor better. However, I see no splitting, loss or fracturing of the petit point in these areas, it's just somewhat more age soiled. The interior is lined with a light gray silk. It has dual pockets and one holds a matching silk change purse. Inside one of the pockets, it has what looks like a discoloration where there was once attached a label, however, it's long gone. I am confident to state that this purse was likely made in France or Italy, as the style of the hinges and lining are indicative of that region in Europe. The lining is in overall nice condition and certainly doesn't look to have gotten much use. As with any 1930 - 1940 vintage evening purse, this handbag will carry only your must-have basic essentials, a compact, lipstick, small comb, hankie or similar accessories. This would be considered small to average in size for a petit point evening purse but above average for condition. Thank you for considering adding this harder to find monochrome petit point scenic purse to your wardrobe accessories, I know you will be happy to own this hand made vintage treasure, there aren't many of these available.
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