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Art Deco handbag in navy suede with enamel
Close-up view of enamel embellishment on front
Back of navy suede handbag
Close-up view of handbag clasp
One side of handbag interior
View of other side of interior

Navy Suede Art Deco Handbag


MAKER: Unsigned

SIZE: 5 1/2" x 6" (not including handle)

CONDITION: Excellent

DATE: 1930s?



This Art Deco handbag in navy suede has enamel embellishments on the front that may have been the original owner’s initials. Nearly square in shape and slender in design, this piece has a decorative clasp. It features a trio of trapezoid-shaped elements in silver-tone, navy, and gold-tone metal. The light-blue faille lining is very clean. On one side is a pocket. In the center, attached to a metal frame, is a change purse in the same fabric. This beautiful top-handle bag is perfect for day, if you don’t wish to carry much, and elegant for evening.

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Navy Suede Art Deco Handbag

$165.00 USD
Why Buy Vintage Costume Jewelry?

One reason is that it’s environmentally friendly. Resale fashion and vintage jewelry has become a preferred sustainable and affordable shopping choice by today’s discerning fashion and eco-conscious consumer.

Another major reason is the quality. Although vintage costume jewelry was made for all levels of the marketplace – from dime stores to high-end fashion boutiques and jewelry stores – you will find only the best pieces here. They were well-designed and carefully made to last. The manufacturers represented here used only the finest materials – glass stones and beads from Bohemia, Austria, and France, and faux pearls from France and Japan. Settings were primarily sterling silver, gold-filled, or base metals heavily plated with gold, silver, or rhodium. Stones were hand-set, and pieces were hand-finished.

The northeastern part of the U.S. was the center of the industry, with the largest companies located in Providence, Rhode Island by the end of World War II. During the Depression, the quality of costume pieces climbed to new levels when many jewelers and craftsmen had to switch to this segment of the industry. In addition, it attracted many skilled workers who fled the political situation in Europe for the U.S. For these reasons, designs and manufacturing techniques rivaled those employed in the making of fine jewelry.

A third reason to buy costume jewelry is its uniqueness. Having survived for so many decades in such wonderful condition and having been selected for their aesthetic quality, the pieces you’ll find here are unlikely to be found elsewhere.

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