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are these 'sparkly bits' on this 1950s purse Marcasite?

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion - Ask Questions Get Answers' started by laurenm, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. laurenm

    laurenm Registered Guest

    Hello,
    Could anyone tell me if these silvery black sparklies on a metallic gold beaded Oberon purse are marcasite?
    Thanks alot in advance.
    Lauren oberonedgechain.jpg
     
  2. joules

    joules Trade Member

    Hi Lauren, those look to be cut steel to me.

    What a lovely bag!
     
  3. Metro Retro Vintage

    Metro Retro Vintage Trade Member

  4. Circa Vintage

    Circa Vintage Alumni +

    I vote for Marcasite !
     
  5. Rue_de_la_Paix

    Rue_de_la_Paix Trade Member

    I think it is too difficult to determine accurately from a photo. Marcasite, hematite, and cut steel look extremely similar. Either way the tiny "jewels" are beautiful and add a lovely touch to the purse. My guess is cut steel, as it was more commonly used in accessories, but I cannot tell.
     
  6. pinky-a-gogo

    pinky-a-gogo Alumni

  7. Metro Retro Vintage

    Metro Retro Vintage Trade Member

  8. poppysvintageclothing

    poppysvintageclothing Administrator Staff Member

  9. Metro Retro Vintage

    Metro Retro Vintage Trade Member

    Now we're tawkin! (heh heh)

    Mary Jane, I've got two bucks to wager! If you, me, and Nicole are correct, the rest must send their two dollars as a donation to the VFG fund. Who's game?
     
  10. Rue_de_la_Paix

    Rue_de_la_Paix Trade Member

  11. Metro Retro Vintage

    Metro Retro Vintage Trade Member

    Alright! Barbara's got her wager in. Anyone else? If we raise enough cash, we can buy a round of beer.
     
  12. pinky-a-gogo

    pinky-a-gogo Alumni

    How will we ever know who is correct though???:cool:
     
  13. poppysvintageclothing

    poppysvintageclothing Administrator Staff Member

  14. Metro Retro Vintage

    Metro Retro Vintage Trade Member

    Tiffany, can I write you down for the two bucks?

    And good idea MJ! A weekly fund raising game would be a win-win and can be hosted by different people (who will be providing a how-to-tell at the same time).
     
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  15. Circa Vintage

    Circa Vintage Alumni +

    Can we make it gin instead of beer? I'll wager for gin! :drinkingtoast:

    I love cut steel, but I'm pretty sure I can see little indications in Lauren's great photo (so clear!) that indicate that the marcasites are separate "stones" that can fall out or be replaced, whilst cut steel is cut in one and doesn't need "beds" for the little marcasites.

    Another clue is that the "stones" are all the same size - I'd expect more variation if they were cut steel.
     
  16. Metro Retro Vintage

    Metro Retro Vintage Trade Member

    Shhhhhhhh Nicole. We can't speak too soon, since we still have to shake Julie down for the money!
     
  17. poppysvintageclothing

    poppysvintageclothing Administrator Staff Member

  18. Metro Retro Vintage

    Metro Retro Vintage Trade Member

  19. Circa Vintage

    Circa Vintage Alumni +

    If you can't have fun over marcasites and cut steel, when can you have fun?

    :hysterical:
     
  20. Metro Retro Vintage

    Metro Retro Vintage Trade Member

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